Life Gap Plus
CCV is committed to dismantling barriers to student success. We’re here to help!
Life Gap Plus is a new CCV program designed to connect you with a wide range of resources, from food assistance to child care, that can help you be more successful in school. Life Gap Plus includes not only financial support to help you bridge challenging situations, but also tools and resources so you can avoid having to face those situations in the first place.
Life Gap Plus includes:
- Life Gap Grants. Just-in-time scholarships that can help you get through challenging, unexpected situations and stay focused on school. These situations can range from needing a new laptop to paying for a new tire for your car. To receive assistance through the Life Gap Grant, please fill out the application. A CCV username and password is needed for access.
- Student Resource Centers. In CCV’s Montpelier, Winooski, Brattleboro, and Rutland academic centers, SRCs allow students to access information on community resources. Each student resource center also provides direct support by offering a space to pick up or make food.
- Student Ambassadors. Peer-to-peer outreach around eligibility for food assistance through 3SquaresVT. Contact a Student Ambassador by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the Life Gap Grant, or the Life Gap Plus program, reach out to your local financial aid counselor.
Life Gap Plus is supported by private donors, VSAC, Feeding Chittenden, Vermont Foodbank, Working Bridges, and Vermont 211.
- Student Assistance Fund – Each academic center has funds to support students with urgent or compelling needs. Contact your local financial aid counselor to learn more.
- VSAC’s Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) – VSAC Outreach supports adult learners in accessing college and career training services. In partnership with CCV, EOC counselors can connect students with local community resources or provide support in helping them stay in school. Please call 877-961-4369 to set up a time to talk with an EOC counselor.
- NEFCU Financial Education – Resources, events, and tools to help grow your confidence as you manage your money.
- Free Tax Preparation Resources
- Seasonal Fuel Assistance
- Utility Service Assistance
- Vermont Low Income Taxpayer Clinic presentation
Working Bridges Resources Coordinators
- United Way Resource Coordinators: CCV’s United Way Working Bridges Coordinators are your first contacts for all resources and supports outside of CCV. They can connect you to support for childcare, healthcare, mental health, financial resources, transportation, and everything in between! Reach Holly Micklas (802-829-6048 / email@example.com) by phone, text, or email anytime!
- Working Bridges
- Working Bridges Resources – March 2023
- Working Bridges Resources – April 2023
- Working Bridges Resources – May 2023
- View and download our wellness resources flyer.
- TalkCampus – TalkCampus is a mental health support network for students. This service has been built specifically for students and provides free peer support 24/7. TalkCampus is a safe place for students to connect and talk through their challenges. CCV students can log in and talk anonymously to other students around the world. Visit students.talkcampus.io/ccv to start receiving support today.
- Crisis Text Line – The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information. Text “VT” to 741741 and a live, trained Crisis Counselor will respond quickly.
- Vermont 211 – A database containing programs and services available to Vermonters. Dial 2-1-1 to find services in your area.
- 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – Available 24/7, dial 9-8-8
- Vermont Peer Support Line – Available 24/7 at 833-888-2557
- Headspace – An online source for guided meditations to help with stress, sleep, focus, anxiety and more. Visit www.headspace.com/about-us to access.
- Designated Agencies – Agencies in each geographic region of Vermont that provide mental health programs for adults and children. Visit ddsd.vermont.gov/designated-agencies-da to find the DA in your area.
- COVID Support VT – Designed to support wellness during the COVID pandemic.
- eCHECKUP TO GO Alcohol and Cannabis Modules – These programs are an anonymous, alcohol and cannabis-specific brief feedback tools designed to help college students take a look at their alcohol and marijuana use. CCV students can use these tools for free.
- 802Quits – Vermont’s trusted source for evidence-based tobacco treatment, accessible by phone, online, or text. Support is free to all residents ages 18 and older. Learn more about the Young Adult Tobacco Cessation Program.
Register to Vote!
- Register to Vote and Request Your Mail-in Ballot Today! – Visit the Vermont Secretary of State website: https://sos.vermont.gov/elections/voters/registration/. Questions or comments? Contact Dave Amsden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flu Shots and Other Vaccines
- Both the CDC and Vermont Department of Health have information about flu shots and other vaccines. Use the “vaccine finder” on the CDC page to learn where you can get a flu vaccine!
- Covid-19 vaccine FAQ
Food Assistance Resources
- Vermont Foodbanks – Looking for help getting the food you need? Find your local food shelf or call the Vermont Foodbank at 1-800-585-2265.
- 3SquaresVT – A federal program that helps college students buy groceries every month. Watch this video to learn about the 3SquaresVT nutrition program and how to apply from CCV’s Student Ambassadors.
Child Care Resources
- Community Child Care Support Agencies
- Child Care Financial Assistance Program
- Bright Future Childcare Information System
- First Steps Scholarship Program – To help Burlington families pay for child care.
- Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies – Agencies that assist with searching for and subsidizing childcare.
- Vermont Coalition of Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs – Find an agency in your area to help ensure stable housing and connect youth with additional resources and supports.
- Vermont Family Network – Support for families with children or young adults with special needs.
Domestic and Relationship Safety
- RESOLVE – VSCS Resource and Reporting Guide for incidents of harassment, discrimination, child abuse, stalking, domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, or other sexual misconduct.
- List of resources for those experiencing domestic or relationship violence:
- LGBTQI+ Community Resources
- CCV students may access supports, resources, and advocacy through our community organizations. Pride Center of Vermont is a comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and the health and safety of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Vermonters.
- Outright Vermont serves youth (generally 22 and younger) and works to build a Vermont where all LGBTQ+ youth have hope, equity, and power.
- College Intervention Team
CIT is a team dedicated to assisting students, faculty, and staff who may be in distress or experiencing difficult life circumstances. The primary focus of the team is to take a proactive approach to identifying students who are struggling and provide early intervention, resources, and community referrals. If you are concerned about the wellness of a CCV student, faculty, or staff, please report your concern.
- LGBTQI+ Community Resources
- Vermont Network – Network of 15 non-profit organizations which provide domestic and sexual violence advocacy to survivors of violence in Vermont.
Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs (ADAP)
- VT Helplink – Call 802-565-LINK or visit www.vthelplink.org.
- eCHECKUP TO GO Alcohol and Cannabis – Use these anonymous, alcohol and cannabis-specific brief feedback tools designed to help college students take a look at their alcohol and marijuana use for free.
- Vermont Network – Racial justice resources, recommendations, and ways to get involved.
- Vermont Department of Labor – Information about available jobs, training programs, and other workforce services.
- HireAbility Vermont – Free, flexible services to any Vermonter or employer dealing with a disability that affects employment.
- Career Services at CCV – Career Services at CCV can help you identify interests, boost your skills, and get the job you’ve always wanted.”
- Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness – Assistance with obtaining or keeping housing. Regional “Coordinated Entry” lead agencies are available to help people in a housing crisis.
- Vermont Tenants Rights and Resources – Contact their statewide hotline at (802) 864-0099 or visit their website to learn about tenant rights and responsibilities. Attend their free online Renter’s Workshops to access tools and tips for finding housing and getting ready to rent
- Mobile Home Program – Provides resources and advocacy to mobile home park residents. Visit website or call (802) 660-3455 X204.
- Public Housing Agencies
- US Department of Housing and Urban Development – Vermont housing resources
- Canvas Guides
- Canvas Help & Canvas Chat – Click the Help link found on the menu located on the left-side of each CCV Canvas class-site.
- CCV Canvas for Students – A self-paced video tutorial. Approximately 35 minutes.
- Passport for Students – A self-placed tour and tutorial through Canvas.
- CCV Coordinators of Student Advising – Contact your advisor with questions.
- CCV Canvas Support Chat – Having technical issues? Access the CCV Support chat by clicking the the “Chat with CCV Support” button in any of your Canvas Classes.
Technology and Internet Access
- Equal Access to Broadband – Need help affording your internet bill? The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a federal program which provides subsidy benefits for qualifying households. There are many ways to qualify, view the website to see if you are eligible.
- Internet Access: Comcast – Comcast Increases Internet Access and Speeds to Support Low-Income Americans
- Low-Cost Computer – Comcast has a computer available for purchase for as low at $149.99. The computer will arrive in 9-10 days.
- Updated Technology Requirements – Learn what type of browsers and operating systems are most compatible with Canvas.
- Free Public WiFi Hotspots in Vermont – The Vermont Department of Public Service has prepared a map of public buildings in Vermont where WiFi with access to the internet is publicly available. These sites are accessible at all hours from a parked vehicle on the road or parking lot.
- Guide For People With Disabilities: Programs For Low-Cost Internet, Mobile Plans, and Digital Literacy – This guide serves as a blueprint to ensure people with disabilities can find low-cost internet service providers and phone carriers, receive certain discounts, boost their digital literacy, and use current technology regardless of their income and employment status.
- PCs for People – Provides low-cost refurbished computers to households that qualify by income or by participating in a government-based assistance program.
Learning Support and Services
- Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities – Students with disability accommodations, please contact your advisor immediately should you discover any unexpected barriers or access issues related to online or in-person coursework. Advisors will respond as promptly as possible to support you through this transition and to address any concerns you may have regarding access to your education.
- Tutoring – All students have access to 24/7 on-demand, online tutoring in all courses. Attend a webinar for additional support:
Tips for Successful Online Learning
- CCV Center for Online Learning – Information for new online students, FAQs, and online learning help.
- Discussions in Your Online CCV Courses – Learn strategies online students use for the most productive discussion forums.
- Online Civility – Familiarize yourself with online etiquette and behavior expectations.
- Translated Materials about Coronavirus (See FAQs)
- Information on Coronavirus in Other Languages
- COVID Support VT – A free program providing emotional and wellness supports for Vermonters during the pandemic.