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UWM "Panther Assist" program helping students in need with food pantry, career closet, and more

Milwaukee (CBS 58) -- A new program will be implemented at UW-Milwaukee this fall! It's all to help students in need.

The program will be called "Panther Assist" and it will feature a UWM Career Closet and a food pantry.

The UWM Career Closet is currently open in Mellencamp 128. The clothing is free and available to all current UWM students. It allows students to obtain professional business attire.

The items are donated by UWM faculty, staff, alumni, employers in the greater Milwaukee area, and more. Students may keep up to 2 items each semester depending on inventory. The closet is open Tuesdays from 10  a.m. - 12 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

If you would like to donate to the Career Closet, click here for more information.

The UWM Student Association will also be operating a food pantry for students in need. In 2016, almost half of UWM students surveyed said that they did not have enough food at some point during their time at the university.

If you'd like to donate to the food pantry, click here for more information. 

UWM is also offering an emergency grant where students can apply for a one-time grant, distributed through the university's Dean of Students office, up to $1,000. 

It's called the UWM Emergency Grant and can cover expenses such as rent, medical treatments or car repairs that students accumulate during the 2017-18 academic year. The grants cannot be used for education-related expenses and will be paid directly to vendors rather than the student.

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