The Connection Center is dedicated to providing non-academic support to students and their families, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center has compiled this list of county, state and national resources that offer support.
The Emergency Fund at RCC
In the wake of COVID-19, the Emergency Fund provides RCC students who are experiencing undue hardship with aid that resolves their immediate need and allows them to continue their studies and graduate. Visit the Emergency Fund page for more information.
The RCC Food Cupboard offers free non-perishable grocery items for currently enrolled students experiencing need. Visit the Food Cupboard page for hours and more information.
The Growing Together Support Program
The Growing Together Support Program strives to ease struggles that single parents may encounter by providing academic and non-academic support. Our support includes, but is not limited to, connection to resources on and off campus, academic advising, application support for on-campus childcare subsidies, grocery/gas assistance, bus passes, weekly workshops, and Single Parent Support Group.
Growing Together Contact: [email protected]
We’re here for you when life happens.
OUR MISSION: The Connection Center provides empathic, non-academic supports for students and their families, when life happens. In addition to establishing mutually identified goals with students and family members, we maintain an environment that fosters understanding, warmth, acceptance, and inclusion. We encourage and promote self-advocacy, self-empowerment, and the overall well-being of those we help.
- The Connection Center provides services to students and families in a judgment free space.
- The two main non-academic struggles faced by RCC students are food and housing insecurity.
- 1 in 5 adults struggle with a “mental health issue” (anxiety, depression, etc.) at some point in their life.
- Life Happens to everyone. Some people think that they have to figure their problems out on their own; that asking for help is a sign of “weakness.” This is a fallacy. Self-advocacy is empowering.
- If we can’t help you directly, we know someone who can. Some of the resources are available on-campus; others, in the community. We will help you identify and connect with the appropriate resources, based on your individual situation.
- United Way’s 211 confidential, free Helpline is available in multiple languages 365 days a year. Visit the Connection Center on campus or dial 211 directly for more information on how to receive assistance in the following health and human services areas:
- Clothing: Clothes Rack on Main Campus & Haverstraw campus; Community Clothing Services
- Discussion Groups
- Food: Student Voucher Program; RCC Food Cupboard; Community Food Pantries; SNAP application assistance; Nutrition education
- Health Insurance
- LGBTQ+ Resources
- Medical/Prescription, Free Health Clinic Resources
- Mental Health/Crisis
- Telephone/Cell Phone
- Utilities: electric, gas, water
Before withdrawing from your classes, come speak to us.
Reach One Program
- Managing school/life balance
- Coping with pressure from family and friends
- Overcoming career uncertainty
- Financial challenges, including student loan issues
- Linkages to alcohol and substance use resources and more
If you are interested, please contact us at 845-267-2172, extension 294 or [email protected].
As a college student, you have options for health insurance. You might get coverage through your parents, school, employer, the Health Insurance Marketplace, or other options. The best health insurance provides affordable student and young adult health insurance plans covering preventive, primary, and urgent care.
Visit the Affordable Health Insurance site to learn essential aspects of student health insurance you should compare. Students can search for affordable health insurance outside of New York (some students are not NY residents), meet the Affordable Health Insurance team and use the Contact Form on at the bottom of the page to submit questions.
February 12 – April 15, 2021
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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
AARP has provided free tax preparation and filing to eligible* Rockland County residents for many years at the libraries. Due to the pandemic, this program will not be offered at the libraries, but will take place remotely. To request free tax preparation and help from an IRS Certified Volunteer Counselor in preparing your own tax returns go to www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide. You will need an email address along with access to the internet and a telephone.
*AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest, free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service offered to all taxpayers with middle and low income, with special attention to those aged 60 and over.
For other free tax programs visit: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/efile/default.htm
To receive this information in Spanish or Creole, please contact the Connection Center at [email protected].