Miami Cares

The following resources are available to all Miami University students to help navigate the college experience, depending on eligibility. Faculty and staff may contact the Student Success Center at StudentSuccess@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-0007 with questions or concerns.

If you are a student who is interested in any of the "Miami Cares" resources, please click the "Request Assistance" button and complete the form. A Student Success Center staff member will contact you to schedule an appointment once your form is submitted.

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Food Resources

Miami Food Pantry

Immediate food assistance is available at the Miami Food Pantry.

Location: Crossroads Outpost, 406 E. Withrow Street, Oxford, OH 45056

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Swipe Donation Program

Students in need of Thanksgiving Break meals may be eligible to receive dining hall meal swipes that have been donated by students with unused swipes. 

Students who are interested in donating meal swipes are encouraged to do so at Armstrong Student Center. Up to seven unused meal swipes may be donated the week prior to the Thanksgiving break. 

Temporary Housing

The Student Success Center helps students with temporary emergency housing and will help advise students on finding permanent housing. Aid is also available for students who need assistance over breaks.

F5 Laptop Replacement Program

This is named for the F5 function key, used for refresh; find and replace. These refreshed laptops have been used by Miami University departments and faculty/staff and are available if you are in need of a working laptop in order to complete your coursework. The laptop is considered a resource and the value will be reported to the Office of Student Financial Assistance, which may have financial aid implications. Your F5 Laptop is replaceable if it stops working by trading it in for another F5 Laptop.

Please note: this program is for undergraduate students only.

Additional Student and Family Resources

Caregiver Resources

CCampus Grants for Childcare

Benefits are available or eligible Miami students. The Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPIS) supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based child care services. CCAMPIS must meet the following requirements: be enrolled at Miami; child(ren) must be enrolled at one of the affiliated child care centers; and applicant be eligible to receive Pell Grants through financial aid.

For information about the program at Miami, contact the director of the Miami affiliated child care center on your campus: on Oxford, Mini University, on Hamilton, Campus Kids, and on Middletown, the YMCA.

  • Oxford - Mini University, Kramer Elementary after-care with the Great Miami Valley YMCA: fitton@gmvymca.org or 513-868-9622
  • Hamilton - Campus Kids
  • Middletown - YMCA Children’s Center at MUM

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Butler County Job & Family Services (BCJFS) "provides services such as food, cash and medical assistance, publicly funded child care and employment assistance. It is our goal to enhance the quality of lives for our clients while promoting the stability, health and economic well-being of children and families."

Per BCJFS, they provide to those who qualify:

  • Adult Protective Services
  • Child Day Care Services
  • Food Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Ohio Works First
  • Transportation

WIC

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. It provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. For assistance with WIC in Oxford, visit 10 North Locust Street, Suite A, Oxford, OH 45056, call 513-454-1111, or visit My Primary Health Solutions.

Oxford Seniors (City of Oxford)

Oxford Seniors provides physical, spiritual, social, educational, vocational and intellectual programs for adults 50 years of age or older. Oxford Seniors is located at 922 Tollgate Drive, Oxford OH 45056 and can be reached via phone at 513-523-8100.

Utility Resources

HEAP

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally-funded program designed to assist eligible low-income Ohioians with their winter heating bills. Visit HEAP to find more information and assess eligibility.

Duke Energy Special Assistance

Duke Energy offers an array of assistance for eligible customers.

Clothing

Miami University Professional Attire Fund
The Miami University Professional Attire Fund provides up to $300 to students who need help buying clothing for career events or jobs. Students may buy career wear such as dress shirts, blazers, cardigans, dress pants, blouses, belts, socks and shoes with the funds. Funds may not be used to buy casual attire, other non-professional clothing, or uniforms. Please allow two weeks for funding to be available.

Suit Yourself Gentlemen's Clothing Closet
The Suit Yourself Gentleman’s Clothing Closet provides professional business attire and suits to individuals interviewing with prospective employers.

Dress for Success (female-identified professional attire)
The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Clothes that Work
1133 South Edwin Moses Boulevard
Suite 392
Dayton, OH 45417
937-222-3778
Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Urban League of Cincinnati
WorkForce Development
877-986-9669

Farmers Insurance's Suits for Soldiers
Americans across the country can support veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce by donating gently used and dry cleaned suits or professional attire for men and women at more than 13,000 Farmers® agencies through the Farmers Insurance Suits for Soliders program.

Professional Attire for Foster Youth
Contact Ohio Reach for more information.

Save-A-Suit
The Save-A-Suit foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides not just former military free professional business attire, but recent college graduates as well. Please note that Save-A-Suit receives a high volume of requests, so it can take several weeks before you can get a free suit. For more information, or to request a suit, you can email Save-A-Suit at veterans@saveasuit.org.

Foster Care Alumni and Emancipated Youth