Basic Needs

This program provides the basic resources necessary to keep needy and At-Risk children in school. Through individual grants we provide books, fees, bus passes, clothing, shoes, and other items that a child might need. Once the students' basic needs are taken care of, they can concentrate on the learning process. These children are referred by Principals, Teachers, Nurses, Social Workers, Community Representatives and Counselors in Tucson Unified schools. Learn more about our specific programs:
  • Clothing Bank
    EEF’s Clothing Bank Program has a double emphasis:

    The first is to provide assistance to students attending uniform schools.

    EEF’s second emphasis is to provide non-uniform clothing for students in need.

    EEF does this by purchasing clothing, including shoes, and underwear and supplying the TUSD Duffy Clothing Bank (which is open to students and their families - contact the Duffy Clothing Bank for more information on how to take utilize their services) with clothing for TUSD students and their family members in need of clothing.

  • EEF Hearing Impaired Fund
    For inquiries about this assistance program, please contact EEF’s office by phone.
  • Focus on Vision

    Educational Enrichment Foundation’s Focus on Vision Program has provided the gift of sight to over 3,000 children from the Tucson Unified School District over the last twenty years. Through a partnership with Nationwide Vision, and Dr. Sam E. Sato, PC, we serve kids of all ages in need of an eye exam and/or eyeglasses and sometimes more. By providing eye exams and eyeglasses, this program removes one of the greatest barriers to receiving an education for our community’s diverse, at-risk children. EEF believes that if a child can’t see, that child can’t learn to read.

    2018-2019 School Year Focus on Vision Application (PDF) English/Spanish Double-sided form

  • Shoe Shopping
    EEF Shoe Shopping Days are held regularly at the beginning of the school year (August/September), during the winter (December/January) and in the spring (March/April). If you have any questions about how to participate in an EEF Shoe Shopping Party, contact the EEF Program Associate, Drisana Martinez at  Each school has a Shoe Shopping contact (in most cases this is the Community Representative, Learning Support Coordinator, Social Worker, Family Liaison, Nurse, Health Assistant, Counselor, Student Success Specialist, Office Manager, etc.) who will know how to receive permission for a Tucson Unified student to participate in an EEF Shoe Shopping Day. Completed applications should be submitted to EEF at least one full week prior to the event. Since the location of each EEF Shoe Shopping Day varies, it is essential that you submit signed applications directly to the EEF office in advance.


    Shoe Shopping Guidelines (PDF)

    2018-19 Shoe Shopping Application English/Spanish FILLABLE (PDF)

    Children's Foot Measuring Tool (PDF)

  • Special Request for Assistance
    From time to time, circumstances arise where a student is in need because an emergency or unforeseen financial situation suddenly occurs.  EEF may not have a program to address these situations but we may still be able to help!  If there is a unique situation that has happened and we don't have a program to address yours or your student's specific need, fill out the below form and submit the form to  EEF will review the application and respond to the contact information on the form.

Shoe Shopping Sponsors