Bulldog Basic Needs Alliance (BBNA)

Bulldog Basic Needs Alliance Mission

Ferris State University is committed to the academic and personal success of our students and understand that basic needs have a direct impact on the well-being and success of our students. The Bulldog Basic Needs Alliance provides emergency assistance to current students facing food or housing insecurity which would otherwise jeopardize their ability to stay in school.

Bulldog Basic Needs Alliance Vision Statement
 

The Bulldog Basic Needs Alliance WILL:

  • Be human centered. Remembering that students are humans first, all outreach, communications, paperwork, and processes will be handled with extreme confidentiality and sensitivity.
  • Act quickly. Emergency aid needs to be delivered fast to be meaningful for students. We will aim for no more than a 48-hour turnaround from application to distribution.
  • Minimize barriers. Unnecessary hurdles harm students and we will work to eliminate this concern by ensuring the eligibility criteria are clear and as easy to meet as possible.
  • Reach for equity. In reviewing cases and making determinations, we will consider if the student has access to other grant resources (perhaps based on academic merit) and help them pursue those instead, saving the emergency fund for students lacking similar advantages.
  • Emphasize community awareness. By advertising widely and creating a physical presence on campus, we will ensure that all students are aware that there is confidential emergency assistance available to them.  
  • Provide additional resources. We understand that financial assistance is important but should not be given alone. Students who receive assistance from the Alliance will also be provided with additional information and resources in areas such as food, housing, benefits access, childcare, FEMA or other emergency relief programs and counseling.

Contact the BBNA at [email protected]

To Donate to the Bulldog Basic Needs Alliance visit our Mobile Cause site: https://igfn.us/form/1IM1Xg

You can also give by texting BBNA to 41444.