Company Services Contact
Love Inc.
Love INC of Greater Merced provides used
furniture and household items for individuals and
families in need that qualify and meet the
requirements of our verification process.
(209) 383-1265
Department of Rehabilitation
DOR continues to provide services and advocacy
resulting in employment, independent living, and
equality for individuals with disabilities.
(209) 726-6529
HEAP Program
(Community Action Agency) PG&E
Provides a direct payment to an eligible client’s
utility bill to help offset the cost of heating
or cooling their home.
(209) 723-1225
REACH Program (PG&E)
The REACH program helps you pay for energy during
a crisis. REACH provides an energy credit for up to $300
based on the past due bill (energy credit support is
subject to funding availability). A non-profit organization
runs the REACH program from 170 offices in Northern
and Central California.
(209) 383-4225
California Youth Crisis Hotline
Anytime you are feeling misunderstood or overwhelmed
and needing to talk to someone about what’s happening,
especially before you run away or cause harm to
yourselves or others. Call us first to learn how to handle
your current and/or future crises.
Suicide Hotline
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides
24/7,free and confidential support for people in
distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or
your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
(209) 381-6800
Valley Crisis Center
Valley Crisis Center of Merced County seeks to prevent
domestic violence, sexual abuse, and human trafficking
by advocating for positive changes in the societal
systems that may lead to oppression, fostering a better
understanding of domestic and sexual violence through
community education, and providing culturally relevant
direct services that empower victims of abuse and their
 (209) 725-7900
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, Questioning)
The Place – The PLACE is a non-religious support
group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and
questioning youth ages 14-20,
(209) 522-7244
Black Mental Health
(988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline)
The suicide rate among Black youth has been found to be increasing faster than any other racial/ethnic group. Black adults living below the poverty line are more than twice as likely to report serious psychological distress than those with more financial security. Additionally, members of the Black community face structural racism, leading to barriers to access for the care and treatment they need. Only one in three Black adults who need mental health care receive it.
United Way of Merced County
United Way of Merced County offers many opportunities for the Merced County residents, non-profits, small business assistance program and tax assistance help. (209) 383-4242
Pride Center @ Merced Multicultural Arts Center The Central Valley Pride Center provides free mental health and medical resources, peer-led support groups, educational workshops, job opportunities, advocacy, and visibility to the central valley’s LGBTQIA+ community in an inclusive, welcoming and safe space for all. (209) 353-1518


On Campus Resources

Department Services Contact
CalWORKs The Merced College CalWORKs program serves students and their families by providing educational and career opportunities, combined with an array of high-quality support services that enable students to complete their education goals, find meaningful employment, and a successfully transition into the workforce. Through collaboration and advocacy with our college and community partners, we prepare a segment of California’s workforce by promoting the economic self-sufficiency of CalWORKs students through the attainment of a higher education. (209) 384-6377
Credit for Prior Learning Many non-traditional students (adults age 25+) come to Merced College with skills gained through military, workplace, and civic experiences. These students hold industry credentials, are graduates of public service academies, and were trained for military occupations. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is a strategy to help students get credit for what they already know and can do, saving them time and money on their educational path. (209) 381-6478
Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) It is the belief of the Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS) that all individuals have unexplored potential. It is the goal of education to provide the individual the opportunity to investigate that unexplored potential. It is our purpose to assist in that investigation by reducing the impact of a disability on the individual’s ability to fully participate in their chosen educational process. (209) 384-6155
Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOP&S) The primary goal of Merced College EOPS is to encourage the enrollment, retention and transfer of students handicapped by language, social, economic and educational disadvantages, and to facilitate the successful completion of their goals and objectives in college. EOPS offers academic and support counseling, financial aid and other support services. (209) 384-6093
Financial Aid The mission of the Merced College Financial Aid Office is to assist in the recruitment and retention of students by providing financial resource information and access to funding. (209) 384-6031
Veterans Resource Center Merced College welcomes military, veterans, and family members wishing to further their education and encourages them to seek assistance through the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) located in the Student Union Building. Staff are available to provide the paperwork and information necessary to establish eligibility. (209) 384-6161
NextUp Center: Current & Former
Foster Youth Services
Welcome to the NextUp Program! The NextUp program (also known Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support (CAFYES)) is a service provided through EOPS to assist qualifying current and former foster students. The additional services offered to NextUp eligible students include NextUp orientation and workshops, NextUp grants, meal cards, gas cards, parking permits, bus passes, and educational supplies. (209) 384-6077