Frequently Asked Questions - General

For Students

How do I get involved?

We look for student interns and volunteers on a semesterly basis and calls for applicants will be posted at our Get Involved page when released. 

If you are looking to partner with Basic Needs for an event, presentation, or more, fill out our Inquiry Form(link is external) or learn more about our work at our Research page.

For other questions, email us at basicneedscenter@berkeley.edu

For Staff & Faculty

What can I do to support the basic needs of those that I teach/work with?

Thank you for wanting to advocate for the well-being of others! Our efforts wouldn't be complete with you. You can follow these steps to become a Basic Needs Champion:

  1. Include the Basic Needs Center website and relevant information on your syllabi and email signature
  2. Request a Basic Needs presentation on our services and efforts for your class or group
  3. Host CalFresh eligibility screenings and application sessions for your class or group by emailing calfreshsupport@berkeley.edu
  4. If you are concerned about the well-being of someone you know, you can direct them to this website where they can search for resources or suggest that they complete our Basic Needs Assistance Form to receive one-on-one care coordination support. Alternatively, you can submit a Care Report through the Center for Support and Intervention and the student will be referred directly to our team.

I’m concerned about the well-being of someone I know, what should I do?

If you are concerned about someone’s basic needs, please direct them to this website where they can search for appropriate resources, or complete the Basic Needs Assistance Form, and potentially meet with one of our staff.

Alternatively, you can submit a Care Report through the Center for Support and Intervention (CSI) and the student will be referred directly to our team.

For Non-UC Berkeley Affiliates