University's Needy Children Program
The University's Needy Children Program was established in 1990 to provide an avenue for the University community to help underprivileged children in Butte County. Each fall the Staff Council Service Projects Committee works with the Children's Services Division of Butte County's Department of Social Services to identify the names of children in need. Campus departments, colleges, programs, student organizations, and individuals commit to help these children by providing basic needs of warm clothing, shoes, in addition to toys. In December 2012, seventy-four departments, colleges, individuals and organizations from within the university and local community assisted 168 children and 83 families. An additional component of the program is to provide a food certificate to each adopted family. Once again, a generous campus community supporting the annual fall fundraising effort, with amazing donations from local Chico businesses, provided $4200 in food certificates during 2012. We met our goal of providing a holiday grocery gift card to each of our adopted families!