HACC Students

HACC’s Consultation, Advocacy, Referrals and Empowerment (CARE) Center

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The CARE Center works to be inclusive and responsive to the needs of our students. As such we will be available Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. We are pleased to offer limited on-campus appointments, as well as connecting with you through Zoom, email and phone. We take the safety and health of our students seriously, on-campus appointments will be brief and masks/face coverings will be required. Contact us to learn more.

We care about the success and well-being of our students, and we are here to help. HACC’s first priority is providing a high-quality, affordable, accessible education to all. However, we know that some students need support outside the classroom in order to succeed inside the classroom.

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, proudly established the Consultation, Advocacy, Referrals and Empowerment (CARE) Center as a single stop where students can go for assistance with non-academic challenges. This is a free resource available to all current HACC students.

Dedicated staff in HACC’s CARE Center will connect students to resources at the College and in the community to help with the following:

Child care



Students may be referred to the KEYS Program for access to the Early Learning Resource Center and financially subsidized child care, or students are referred to community-based resources according to their region. 

Child care options are available at HACC’s Harrisburg and Lancaster campuses. 



The CARE Center maintains a database of food pantries, food banks and food distribution locations in HACC’s service area. Coordinators provide information and referrals to locations for students in need.

Health care


The CARE Center has established relationships with hospitals and clinics. Coordinators refer students to services and make them aware of low-cost and pro-bono healthcare services as much as possible.



The CARE Center maintains a database of shelters and housing assistance agencies in HACC’s service area. Coordinators refer students in need of housing to agencies and shelters.   

Mental health services

If a coordinator meets with a student who is in crisis and requires mental health treatment, the coordinator refers the student to hacc.edu/mentalhealth.

Social services


Coordinators refer students in need of social services – including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – to the KEYS Program.


CARE Center staff coordinate with the College’s bookstore to assist students with public transportation bus passes.


HACC is committed to providing excellent services to students no matter where they are. While HACC campuses are closed during the global coronavirus pandemic, the CARE Center operates remotely.

CARE Center Support Intake Form

Please fill out this form to help determine which benefits you may qualify for. You and your family may be eligible for services.


Intake Form

Send an email to a CARE Center coordinator.    

Call 717-801-3227 or 717-780-2454 to speak with someone from the CARE Center.

Individuals interested in supporting the CARE Center may give to the Fund for Excellence for CARE.