The SOAR Center is open to all Willamette students. This includes the College of Arts & Sciences, the Atkinson Graduate School of Business, the School of Law, Claremont School of Theology, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Willamette Academy. This resource is free; no questions asked.
The SOAR Center received initial funding from the Willamette University Community Action Fund for Equity and Sustainability (CAFES) and relies on donations from Salem and Willamette community members. The Bearcat Pantry also receives funding from the Associated Students of Willamette University (ASWU).
The Bearcat Pantry, the Clothing Share, and the First-Generation Book Drive each maintain individual records for their respective unit and are available upon request. Each unit's record-keeping approach is committed to maintaining the privacy of visitors, while simultaneously allowing coordinators to track how many repeat and unique visitors seek resources from the SOAR Center.
Yes! We ask for the last 5 digits of each visitor's student ID number so that we have a unique identifier to track pantry usage while also maintaining privacy. It is very difficult to link the last 5 digits of a student ID number to a particular individual, so visitor identity remains protected. Our volunteers also sign privacy agreements at the beginning of the semester to ensure they comply with our privacy expectations.
Volunteers will be required to wear PPE, disinfect the area after every pickup using EPA approved cleaner, and sanitize their hands frequently. We are also requiring them to check for any symptoms and to log their body temperature before entering the SOAR Center.