The Blue Tiger Resource Center remains active during the break
While most students leave for Thanksgiving, Lincoln University is helping support those who stay with free resources.
The Blue Tiger Resource Center will remain open during the Thanksgiving holiday, which began on Monday.
Curtis Burton, deputy director of student engagement, said his staff are working with Residence Life to reach the nearly 75 students staying on campus during the holidays to provide them with everything they need from the resource center.
Burton said he wanted to let these students know that the resource center will remain open and available to them during the break.
It is part of its larger mission to develop the Blue Tiger Resource Center, which was founded last March in collaboration with the Student Government Association.
“I want to make this thing bigger,” Burton said. “I want to make sure our students don’t have to worry about anything outside of the classroom. That’s my goal, and so the more we can get and the more we can get in, that makes a better Lincoln University. It improves the community of Jefferson City.
The Blue Tiger Resource Center provides free supplies, food and clothing to students, faculty and staff with no questions asked.
The Blue Tiger Resource Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but Burton said he tries to be staffed until 7 p.m. – to provide students with the option to visit after class or when it suits them.
While the new resource center doesn’t track who’s coming or how many people it serves, Burton said many students and campus community members are using it this semester.
Burton said he’s working on a system to figure out exactly how many people the resource center is serving, but at the moment he’s just tracking inventory.
The resource center offers a variety of products, including clothing, children’s clothing, shoes, coats, health and hygiene products, soaps and detergents, and non-perishable foods.
Burton said non-perishable foods, like snacks or canned macaroni, are often easy for students to grab and prepare in their dorms.
It also gives students access to free work clothes, which many students are looking for, Burton said.
He said the resource center was particularly lacking in women’s suits and work outfits.
“This is one of our greatest needs right now, for women’s suits, work clothes and clothes for our women,” Burton said. “A lot of people also use our detergent, like laundry detergent, fabric softener, that sort of thing, so we’re running out of it.”
Students often need work clothes for interviews or career days on campus, Burton said, and they often can’t afford to go and buy them on the fly.
Burton said the Blue Tiger Resource Center provides some security for students on campus because it helps ease the burden associated with not having enough food or not being able to afford toothpaste during a day. given week.
With those distractions out of the way, Burton said, students are more free to focus on the classroom and teaching the course.
“The resource center is a direct response to trying to remove some of these needs, to remove some of the stressors that our students may have,” said Burton.
Many Lincoln students are first-generation students, Burton said, which can present challenges for living independently and securing resources.
“We just want to make sure that we are also able to provide and support them outside of the classroom,” he said.
The majority of the resource center’s donations come from Lincoln students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and stakeholders, Burton said. And they donate money and items, he added.
Burton’s office is also attended by a class once a week. They help sort the articles and invite visitors to grab what they need.