Rams for Rams
CSU Cares was created during the 2012 High Park Fire and has provided support to CSU community members through fires, floods, and other natural disasters.
Money may be available for employees who have suffered a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and are struggling to meet expenses. Award amounts vary depending on fund availability and need but may not exceed $2,000. Eligible beneficiaries must be CSU full- or part-time regular employees (not temporary or temporary hourly), including post-doctoral candidates, at the University who have been personally impacted by a disaster covered by CSU Cares. Graduate assistants who are not eligible for student relief funding from other sources may be eligible for CSU Cares, as determined by the Awards Committee.
The CARE program provides CSU employees* with information about, and referrals to, agencies and organizations in Northern Colorado who provide low-cost or no-cost services in the areas of:
- Physical and mental healthcare
- Food, clothing and other household necessities
- Dependent care and elder care
- Services for the disabled
- Housing, including emergency food and shelter
- And other support services
The CARE Program is free and available to CSU employees. Use this website to find a directory of resources for common concerns, or make an appointment to speak with us about your needs or the needs of a fellow employee. For more information or to be added to the CARE Program newsletters, please email Emma Chavez at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’re Not Home Alone Pen Pal Program
So many of our fellow Rams are feeling alone and isolated and are in need of the connections felt so strongly when we are working together at the university. Others of us may be brand new to the CSU Community and looking for ways to interact and learn about our university. Although we are working apart, there are ways to strengthen our connections to each other. With that goal in mind, C2C has created the “You’re Not Home Alone Pen Pal” program. Simply answer a few questions, submit your information, and we will connect you to a Pen Pal from the university. Remember. We are not home alone, and Rams take care of Rams.
Please note that by submitting your information you will be randomly connected with another CSU employee, based on your language and communication preferences. You will receive an introductory email from C2C. After the initial introduction, you will have the opportunity to share addresses, phone numbers, or other personal information, at your discretion. You have the right to opt out of this program at any time.
To verify your eligibility, please review the Commitment to Campus Eligibility Chart.
Click here to fill out the form
Employee Assistance Program
Need assistance planning a vacation, finding child care or purchasing a car? What about obtaining information on writing a will or caring for an elderly parent? The Employee Assistance Program at CSU includes resources to help employees work out some of the more complex and time-consuming issues in their lives.
ComPsych’s GuidanceResources, our EAP provider, offers an employee benefit program that includes counseling, financial planning services, and legal advice, as well as a comprehensive website to provide guidance and resources on topics ranging from parenting a teenager to planning for emergencies.
When you call ComPsych’s GuidanceResources, a consultant will talk to you about your specific situation and connect you to a resource specialist who will begin to research alternative solutions to your questions. Within a few business days, you’ll have a full report of practical information and affordable alternatives that can be delivered to you via e-mail, fax or second-day air.
Employees and their family members can access this and other EAP resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (800)497-9133 or logging in to GuidanceResources.com (first-time users create a login ID and password. When prompted, use agency ID “CSUEAP”). You may also contact Jan Pierce, the Employee Assistance Coordinator, at Jan.Pierce@colostate.edu.
Parking Discount Offered to Low-Income Earning Employees
Employees earning less than $35,000 per year from their CSU salary are automatically afforded a 50% discount on “A” parking permits, based on full FTE salary. There is no need to apply for the discount, it will be applied at the time you purchase the permit.
All CSU faculty and staff can tour campus and see it through a student’s eyes via free tours offered through Admissions. Call Admissions at (970)491-4636, identify yourself as a CSU employee, and make a reservation. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are the preferred days to visit.
Admissions Phone: (970)491-4636
Campus Safety and SafeWalk
Colorado State University Police Department provides SafeWalk — a student escort trained in safety and security who can walk you to your car or a location within a few blocks of campus. The escorts are Campus Service Officers, or CSOs, who are friendly CSUPD student employees who walk any student or employee to class, their car, or a nearby off-campus location from dusk until dawn, seven days a week, year-round. In extremely cold weather, the CSOs may also have access to a warm vehicle for the escort.
SafeWalk can be reached at (970)491-1155 and operates from dusk until dawn, 7 days a week year around. http://police.colostate.edu/safe-walk/
Volunteers in Public Schools
Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) at Colorado State University allows employees up to 5 hours per month administrative leave to volunteer in any public school district.
The program was developed by Colorado State University Classified Personnel Council in 1995 and is now a permanent program open to all Colorado State employees.
Veterinary Care Discount
The CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is participating in the Commitment to Campus by offering a 20 percent discount on veterinary services to CSU employees (also available to all state of Colorado employees). The discount applies to all veterinary services but does not apply to drugs and supplies from Pharmacy and Central Supply, anesthesia, TMI imaging, prepaid or specially priced packages or services provided by the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
Assistive Technology Resource Center
The Assistive Technology Resource Center provides assistive technology assessments, training, and short term equipment loans for employees. Assistive technology may help support employees in their work roles including difficulties with reading materials, difficulty seeing a computer screen, discomfort with work tasks such as typing or writing, challenges staying organized, keeping up with meeting notes and many more. As occupational therapists, our staff provides comprehensive assessments to help you find the best assistive technology to support you in your work role. We can even help you explore appropriate apps and mainstream technologies. Assessments, training, and short term equipment trials are available as a free service.
Are you a CSU employee not physically working on the main campus? ASTC is also able to provide these same services through telephone appointments and screen sharing software.