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Beaver Cares

Basic Needs Center

American River College is pleased to announce the first ever Basic Needs Center on Campus in the Welcome and Support Center.  The Beaver Cares Basic Needs Center offers a wide range of services including Food Assistance, Housing Resources, and more!  The Beaver Cares team believes that any barrier to success that a student is experiencing is a “basic need” and we strive to address them all in-house or by referral.

Many students face various issues. In order to be intentional in meeting the basic needs of our students, The Beaver Cares Program provides one central location for our students in need. Due to remote operations many Beaver Cares services have been limited to community referrals. 

Beaver Cares covers a number of services:

These services can be viewed on the Beaver Cares: Services and Resources webpage.

Closed November 25th and 26th
Virtual Office Hours only - December 20th and 22nd
Closed December 24th through January 3rd

Beaver Cares Calendar, and Events


Thanksgiving Recess

All day


Food Distribution

from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Many students experience homeless or unsafe housing conditions. To meet this need, and by the gift of gracious donors, we offer a short-term hotel voucher system and then additional support to help students secure long-term housing.

Housing Insecure Student Referral Form

What Students Have to Say:

“We did not notice the fire that started in the back field of our townhome until it was burning through our fence. I grabbed my kids, car keys and ran out the door, with nothing else. While everything in our townhome was destroyed, we are so grateful that we got out safely and so did my neighbors.” Thank you for the hotel vouchers they helped us in a time of disaster, and gave us the ability to search for a home again while having a safe place to stay.”

- ARC student | Business & Accounting major

Your donation will help ARC students face their toughest challenges.


Eric Handy

Administrative Assistant:
Bettie Harris

Valerie Adger -

Martin Tellez -

Student Personel Assistant:
George Hillman -

CalFresh Assistance e-mail:

Beaver Cares e-mail:

phone number: 916-484-8957


On-Campus Center Office Hours:
Tuesday through Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
12:00pm - 3:00 pm

Virtual Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00 am -5:00 pm