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 Hearing Impaired Fund
    Working with the Audiology Department of St. Mary’s Carondelet, EEF provides assistance for financially in-need students with hearing impairment needs. For inquiries about this assistance program, please contact EEF’s office by phone.

    EEF Hearing Impaired Application Form (PDF)

  • 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 Days
    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). Please check with your school’s Shoe Shopping contact (e.g. Principal, Assistant Principal, Community Representative, Learning Support Coordinator, Social Worker, Family Liaison, Nurse, Health Assistant, Counselor, Student Success Specialist, Office Manager, etc.) for information about how to apply 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 parent and Tucson Unified employee signed applications directly to the EEF office in advance. During the 2015-2016 school year, EEF Shoe Shopping Days provided 821 pairs of shoes and 2,463 pairs of socks to Tucson Unified's most needy children.

    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.

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