Individual Assistance

If you need help try searching locally for assistance to see what resources are available before launching into a full internet search. One place to start would be by dialing 211 on your phone or going to www.211.org. If this is not helpful you can find a list nonprofits in your area to contact by going to this link: http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=249767,00.html

Click here for free information on education loans, business loans and housing loans.

Another source of information is the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, which is a directory of over 15 types of federal assistance, including grants and loans. There are about 1,500 programs listed in the CFDA. Each program has a summary which explains program eligibility requirements, agency contact information, and application instructions.

www.freecycle.org. 

Also you might want to visit Gigoit: http://www.gigoit.org/index.php is FREE, easy and
good for the world! You can donate and receive reusable items in your community.

Gigo, or “GIGO”, is an acronym that stands for “Garbage In, Garbage Out”. Since many useful items may be on their way in to the local landfill to become garbage, they provide a method to distribute these items out to the local community.

 

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The website 

WUAH is one of the world’s largest social helping websites: www.wishuponahero.org.

Everyday new wishes are posted and everyday wishes are granted. Wishes range from needs to wants and can be searched by category, time, location and even by keywords. Anyone can become a hero just by granting a wish. It’s easy, it’s free and it’s inspirational. The world is now empowered to help itself.

Wish Upon A Hero was first conceived by founder Dave Girgenti shortly after the September 11th attacks on New York City. Dave dreamed of creating a platform
where can people help other people directly. This idea became a reality in September of 2007 when the site was launched. The full story can be found here: http://www.wishuponahero.com/aboutus/

Modest Needs


Modest Needs is a non-profit organization reaching out to hard-working individuals and families who suddenly find themselves faced with small, emergency expenses that they have no way to afford on their own. To learn more go to:

http://www.freenapkin.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.pl

The www.FreeNapkin.com system is very easy to use simply claim items you want and then provide a positive feedback once you receive the item. You can also donate as well unused items. It is simple to upload your item onto freenapkin. The system casts-out the normal buyers/sellers and replaces them with the claimers/donators. When you become a registered user (becoming a registered user is quick and free) you can list any item around the house on your account.

MicroGiving connects those who have (Donors) with those who need (Recipients).
To learn more go to: 
http://www.microgiving.com/

www.DonorsChoose.org is a website connecting classrooms in need with individuals who want to help.

Non Profit Directory

Non Profit National Resource Directory A free online listing of consultants, coaches and vendors dedicated to helping the nonprofit sector survive and thrive.  There are over 70 categories of service listed in the directory.  It is possible to search by service category or state. Listings include references and/or testimonials as well as contact information, links to websites, blogs and articles and background on each business or service listed.

Government Assistance If you want to know exactly what you might qualify for then we would recommend you go to: http://www.benefits.gov/ This website is the official benefits website of the U.S. government, with information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs!

Financial Help for Single Mothers This site contains information on over 30 financial grants & assistance for single moms including college aid, housing subsidies, food stamp benefits, childcare insurance & more.

Also, the following are direct links to official information on grants, loans, financial aid, and other benefits from the U.S. government:

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The mission of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is to assist low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs.

Some forms of assistance available to low income households through State LIHEAP programs include: financial assistance towards a household’s energy bill, emergency assistance if a household’s home energy service is shut off or about to be shut off, and a range of other energy-related services that States may choose to offer, such as weatherization improvements, utility equipment repair and replacement, budgeting counseling and so forth. http://liheap.ncat.org/profiles/energyhelp.htm

http://www.waptac.org

Food Assistance


Find a food bank closest to you just select your state or zip code:
http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx

725 15th St., N.W., Ste. 605
Washington, DC 20005
Telephone: (202) 638-1649
Contact: Nanine Bilski, Pres. and C.E.O.
Fax: (202) 638-2175
E-mail: 
info@america-the-beautiful.org
URL: 
www.america-the-beautiful.org/

 

 

Coalition on Human Need

Community Food Security Coalition

Congressional Hunger Center

Education Concerns for Hunger Organization

Feed America

Food for the Hungry

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

Freedom from Hunger

The Hunger Project

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

National Hunger Crisis Line  Phone: 1-866-3-hungry

Oxfam America

RESULTS

Share Our Strength

Society of St. Andrew

U.S.D.A. (Food and Nutrition Services)

World Hunger Year

Assistance with Pets

“Helping people help pets”.  To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged. http://www.imom.org/

Canada’s Guide to Dogs – A comprehensive resource and information site about Service Dogs and Working Dogs in Canada. http://www.canadasguidetodogs.com/

http://www.canineassistants.org/

Affordable Rental Homes
Social Serve is a website listing ‘affordable’ rental homes and homes for sale in certain states. Does not include all states. http://www.socialserve.com/

Mortgage Down Payment Resources
Search for down payment assistance in YOUR state:http://www.hud.gov/buying/localbuying.cfm

Health Insurance for Children
State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) For little or no cost, this insurance pays for doctor visits, prescription medicines, hospitalizations, and much more for children 18 years and younger. Most states also cover the cost of dental care, eye care, and medical equipment. Telephone: 1-877-543-7669. Insure Kids Now!
Website: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/

Help For Vision Problems
If you do not qualify for government aid or private health care assistance that covers the cost of routine eye or vision care, VISION USA™ can help. VISION USA™ provides basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to uninsured, low-income people and their families. VISION USA™ was established in 1991 by AOA doctors of optometry who donate their services. 
http://www.aoa.org/visionusa.xml

Sight for Students, a Vision Service Plan (VSP) program in partnership with The Entertainment Industry Foundation, provides eye exams and glasses to children 18 years and younger whose families cannot afford vision care. Telephone: 1-888-290-4964 or visit: http://www.sightforstudents.org

Eyeglasses Assistance
http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php

http://www.zennioptical.com/#  Using the latest modern materials, manufacturing and marketing systems Zenni brings their product direct from their factories to you. No middlemen, no retail overhead, and practically no advertising budget, they leave it to you, their satisfied customers to spread the word. Zenni does not pay for or sell expensive, or even inexpensive, brand names, but only their own manufactured brand

Dental Help
National Foundation of Dentistry For The Handicapped
Volunteer Dentists 1-877-357-8660

Help With Medical Equipment for Disabled Adults & Children


Friends of Disabled Adults & Children http://www.fodac.org/

Disabled Children’s Relief Fund (DCRF), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides disabled children with assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eyeglasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery. Blind, Deaf, Amputees, and children with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spastic Quadriplegia, Encephalitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spina Bifida, Down’s Syndrome, and other disabilities receive assistance. DCRF focuses special attention on helping children throughout the U.S. that do not have adequate health insurance, especially the physically challenged. http://www.dcrf.com/ordereze/default.aspx

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
Public agencies that provide assistance to children with diabetes and other disabilities and to their families are listed on the State Resource Sheets published by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY). These free resource sheets, which list the names and addresses of agencies in your state:

Help With Hearing

http://www.songbirdhearing.com

 

The HIKE fund is a not-for-profit charity that provides hearing devices for children with hearing impairments between the ages of newborn and twenty years whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially. For information visit: www.thehikefund.org

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is offering support to meet the needs of children across the United States with assistance grants for medical services not fully covered by health insurance. Parents and caretakers across the country will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000 for healthcare services that will help improve their children’s health and quality of life. http://www.uhccf.org/

Help for Newborns
Newborns in Need, Inc. (NIN) is a 501(c)3 charity organized to take care of sick and needy babies and their families; and in cases of crisis, to help where help is needed.
http://www.newbornsinneed.org/

Help For Seniors

BenefitsCheckUp is the nation’s most comprehensive Web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources. National Council on Aging (NCOA): http://www.benefitscheckup.org

Federal Grant Opportunities

www.Grants.gov

(1-888-477-2669) or visit: https://www.pparx.org

Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need. All in one place. http://www.rxassist.org/default.cfm

Prescription Hope is a national program offering a solution for low income individuals, families, disabled people, and seniors on Medicare, to one of the most difficult problems in the health care system – providing affordable access to prescription medication. http://www.prescriptionhope.com/

Wheelchair Donations
The Wheelchair Foundation provides help through partner organizations around the world to identify potential wheelchair recipients. http://www.wheelchairfoundation.org/

ADL Foundation  http://www.adlfoundation.org/ To apply, an applicant must submit a letter to the ADL Foundation requesting help in obtaining a mobility aid. Upon receipt
of the application, a foundation facilitator will screen the applicant for eligibility.

Grave Marker Assistance

Affordable Markers has been inscribing markers since 2002. Currently markers start at $195. To date they have inscribed over 75,000 grave markers. They currently service
thirteen National Cemeteries, inscribing grave markers for US Veterans. All Granite markers meet or exceed the National Cemetery Administrations strict guidelines. Granites absorption, abrasion resistance, density, compressive strength, modulus of rapture and flexural strength meet or exceed the guidelines as classified by the National Cemetery Administration and the Nat’l Building Granite Quarries Association. All Granite blanks are cut from Quarries in the United States.  

This foundation provides free grave markers for children:
http://childrensheadstone.com/index.html

ClassZoom seeks to assist low-income school students and their classrooms by providing school supplies and other school-related items. These items might include pens and pencils, paper, backpacks, rulers, calculators – anything a student might need in a classroom, but is unable to afford. As a secondary goal, ClassZoom may provide items or resources that will benefit an entire classroom – particularly in low-median-income school districts. http://www.agrainofhope.org/classzoom.shtml

The Kids In Need Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995. The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need

Benefits

Food Stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) – Call to learn more about eligibility requirements and the nutritional benefits of the program.

Legal Assistance – Find legal assistance in your area.

Medicaid – State and federal contacts.

Medicare

Medicare Fraud – Report Medicare fraud and abuse.

Renter’s Assistance – Contact your local Housing Authority to see if you qualify.

School Lunch & Breakfast

Social Security – E-mail questions using an online form.

Student Loans – Call for help with student loans.

Children & Education

Education and Children – E-mail your question to the Department of Education.

Health Insurance for Children – Call the program office in your state to see if your children are eligible for free or low-cost health insurance.

Runaway Youth National Switchboard to Call for Help – Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teenager thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home.

School Lunch & Breakfast

Student Financial Aid – Call or send mail for help resolving financial aid problems.

Consumer Products & Safety

Cable TV Complaints - Learn how to file a complaint from the Federal Communications Commission.

Corporate Customer Service Information – Search this online listing of corporate customer service contact information by company name.

Cosmetics – Call or write to report adverse reactions to the Food and Drug Administration.

Click here if you have questions about the U.S. mail or other postal services.

Meat and Poultry Hotline – Call to talk to the Food Safety Education staff.

Telephone Service Complaints

Veterinarians and Animal Owners Report Drug Reactions or Product Failures  – FDA encourages veterinarians and animal owners to report adverse drug reactions and medical product failures.

Fraud, Law Enforcement & Crime

Antitrust Violations – E-mail, call or mail a report of a possible antitrust violation or potential anti-competitive activity, whether civil or criminal, to the Department of Justice.

Arson, Bombs, Firearms, Tobacco or Other Related Criminal Activities – Call to report arson, bomb, firearms or tobacco related criminal activity.

Community Oriented Policing – E-mail or call for information on grants and training programs.

Crime Victims – E-mail or call for crime victims’ support and assistance.

Domestic Violence Hotline – E-mail or call for crisis intervention, information about domestic violence and referrals to local service providers to victims of domestic violence and those calling on their behalf. Services are available in English and Spanish.

Homeland Security Department – E-mail your questions and comments to the new department.

Homeland Security State Contact List – View the map and find contact information for your state’s homeland security contact appointed by your governor.

Internet Fraud (Civil or Criminal) – E-mail reports of suspected fraud to the FBI’s Internet Fraud Complaint Center.

Nuclear Facilities –  E-mail or call to report any safety or security concern involving a nuclear reactor, nuclear fuel facility or radioactive materials.

Tax Violations – Report federal tax violators to the IRS’ Whistleblower Office and possibly earn a reward.

Terrorist Activity – E-mail leads to the FBI online or call your local FBI Field Office.

Victim’s Rights, Services and Criminal & Juvenile Justice – Call for information and referrals.

Violence Against Women and Family Violence –  E-mail your questions about laws, regulations, grants and other resources.

Government Officials

Contact Your U.S. Representative

Contact Your U.S. Senator

Federal Advisory Committees – Access the database used by federal agencies to continuously manage an average of 1,000 advisory committees government-wide.

Federal Government – Telephone directories.

Foreign Policy Comments – E-mail your comments on U.S. foreign policy to the U.S. Department of State.

Freedom of Information Act – Contacts for federal agencies.

Governor – Find e-mail, telephone and postal contact information by clicking on your state governor’s website.

House Committee Offices

President and Vice President – Send comments to the President or Vice President.

Secretary of State and U.S. Department of State – E-mail, write or call with your question for the Department of State or comment on U.S. foreign policy.

Senate Committee Offices

State and Territorial Contact Directory – Address, phone, web home page, how to e-mail, Governor…

State Legislators - Search for state legislators and topical legislative information, by U.S. states and territories.

Health

Health Information Toll-Free Hotlines – Call for information about health topics, from asthma to weight control.

Infectious Diseases – E-mail comments and questions to the National Center for Infectious Diseases.

Medical Products and Drugs – E-mail a report of an adverse reaction.

Tuberculosis – Call to ask questions and get information about Tuberculosis.

Unlawful Sales of Medical Products on the Internet – E-mail a report.

Viral Hepatitis – Call to get information about viral hepatitis.

Home, Community & Work

Accessibility – E-mail, mail or call with complaints concerning access to facilities for people with disabilities.

Affordable Housing – E-mail a question to Ginnie Mae about affordable housing.

Census – E-mail the Census Bureau questions and comments about the Census.

Discriminatory Mortgage Lending –  File an official complaint, if you feel that you have been discriminated against based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status or disability.

Emergency E-mail Notification – Sign up to receive emergency e-mail notification of natural disasters, or other emergencies in your area, from local, regional and national government sources.

Employment and Training – Find state contacts for unemployment, welfare-to-work, adult and Native American training programs, and more.

Employment Discrimination – Call about employment discrimination.

Environmental Programs – E-mail a question or comment to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Environmental Violations – Report Online – E-mail a report of possible environmental violation to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Housing Counselors – Federally-approved housing counseling agencies in your state.

Housing Discrimination Complaints – E-mail, call or mail complaints about housing discrimination when renting or buying a home.

Hurricane Telephone Hotlines – Hurricane survivors can call government telephone hotlines for assistance, health and safety information and to learn how to volunteer.

Land Sale Complaints – If you believe you have been a victim of fraud and abuse when buying or leasing land from developers, you can file a complaint by writing to HUD.

Librarians – Chat with or e-mail a government librarian

Radon – Call the hotline to learn about radon and indoor air quality in your home.

Runaway Youth National Switchboard to Call for Help – Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teenager thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home.

Veterans Employment and Training –  Key contacts for grants and employment and training assistance for veterans.

Worker Issues – E-mail or mail the Department of Labor.

Workplace Safety – E-mail a complaint to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

Military & Veterans

Air Force Recruiting

Army Family Assistance Hotline – The U.S. Army toll-free Family Assistance Hotline provides referrals and information to the families of soldiers deployed or activated:
(800) 833-6622.

Army Recruiting – Find an Army recruiter near you

Department of Veterans Affairs – E-mail, call, fax or mail questions, comments or complaints.

Marines 

Marines Recruiting

Navy contacts

Navy Recruiting - Navy recruiting website

Veterans Employment and Training –  Key contacts for grants and employment and training assistance for veterans.

Veterans Issues – E-mail inquiries about medical and other benefits, cemeteries, agent orange and Persian Gulf illness.

World War II Memorial – The World War II Memorial, completed in 2004 in Washington, DC, honors the 16 million who served and the more than 400,000 who died.

Money & Business

Antitrust and Competition – E-mail, call or mail the Federal Trade Commission with a question or comment on an antitrust matter.

Antitrust Violations – E-mail, call or mail a report of a possible antitrust violation or potential anti-competitive activity, whether civil or criminal, to the Department of Justice.

Bank Complaints – File a complaint about a bank or other financial institution

Bankruptcy Fraud – Report suspected bankruptcy fraud to the U.S. Trustee Program of the Department of Justice.

Banks – Mail consumer complaints about banks to the Federal Reserve Board.

Deposit Insurance – E-mail for assistance from the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission.

Economic and Humanitarian Assistance Activities Overseas – E-mail, call or write comments or questions to the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Export Assistance – E-mail, call, fax or mail the Department of Commerce.

Export Control or Boycott Related Violation – E-mail a lead or a tip to the Bureau of Industry and Security.

Investors – E-mail, fax or mail concerns and problems of individual investors to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Patents and Trademarks –  E-mail, call or mail questions about patents and trademarks.

Securities and Exchange Commission – Contact the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy for individual assistance at help@sec.gov

Statistics – Contacts to assist with locating and using Bureau of Labor Statistics data, publications and services.

Tax Help – E-mail or call with comments and feedback.

Tax Violations – Report federal tax violators to the IRS’ Whistleblower Office and possibly earn a reward.

Trade Barriers – Call to receive assistance in resolving problems.

Workplace Safety – E-mail a complaint to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

Travel & Transportation

Air Travel Accessibility or Discrimination – Mail forms to report complaints.

Air Travel Service – E-mail or mail about problems.

Amtrak Train Service – E-mail or call to comment.

Automobiles, Trucks or Motorcycles – Call or mail to report safety-related defects.

Aviation Safety – Call to report a possible violation to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Consumer Complaints – Learn where to report your consumer complaint and find contact information to file.

File a Claim for Baggage Damaged by Airline Security Screeners 

International Travel Safety – E-mail your questions to the Department of State.

National Forests – Contact the national headquarters office by comment form, email, phone, or by postal mail

Passports for U.S. Citizens – E-mail or call the Department of State’s National Passport Information Center to learn about how to obtain, replace or change a passport.

Transportation Research – E-mail a librarian about specific transportation questions.

Transportation Safety