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Population served: Everyone in the United States (check the website for availability in your area)
2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.
Examples of service referrals include:
- Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
- Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention
- Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
- Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation and homemaker services
- Support for children, youth and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services
Andrew McDonough B Foundation
Population served: Pediatric cancer patients (under the age of 21) and their families in the United States. Assistance is available to families who are experiencing financial hardship brought on by the diagnosis.
The B Foundation is committed to helping the families of critically ill children with financial assistance so they can focus on helping their child get well.
- Provides financial support to eligible patients once a year for a maximum of 2 years
- Grants typically can range from $250 - $750
- Application available on the website
Population served: patients residing in the United States in need of long-distance ground transport
Angel Bus provides non-emergency long-distance ground transportation to patients in need. Angel Bus utilizes motor coaches and volunteer drivers as well as commercial transportation services.
To qualify passengers must:
- Have financial need for assistance
- Be ambulatory
- Be medically cleared by their healthcare team for travel
- Not require medical care enroute.
Free Gas USA, Inc.
Population served: Individuals and families meeting the program's financial eligibility criteria, who need assistance with automobile gasoline expenses, in the United States
Free Gas USA was established to provide gasoline grant assistance for poverty-stricken individuals and families. It provides gasoline grants in denominations ranging from $50 to $1,200.
- Grants are need-based and restricted to fuel purchases only. Recipients are assigned coded fuel cards. Gasoline purchases are permitted to access basic necessities such as employment, educational and medical conveyances and grocery shopping
- Gasoline grants are awarded monthly. Fuel cards are distributed based on donations received, geographical restrictions of funds processed and the location(s) of participating gasoline distributors
- To minimize corporate expenses and maximize grant awards, Free Gas USA does not distribute gasoline grant applications by mail. Applications are only available via the website. Applications must be submitted with an agency referral form or they will not be processed
The National Children's Cancer Society (NCCS)
Contact: (800) 532-6459
Population served: Cancer patients up to age 21 (must have diagnosed before the age of 18) worldwide
NCCS provides programs and services to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families.
- Provides financial support, which can include assistance with health insurance premiums, lodging, food, transportation and telephone expenses
American Cancer Society (ACS)
Contact: (800) 227-2345
Population served: Patients needing transportation assistance for medical treatment in the United States
ACS provides information about diseases, financial support, support groups, lodging and medical equipment. ACS has local chapters throughout the United States to provide assistance within the community.
- Offers a call center which refers to a local chapter Navigator who identifies other transportation options
- Provides a program called Road to Recovery, made up of volunteer drivers who transport patients to and from treatment appointments
Contact: (800) 813-4673
Population served: Patients diagnosed with cancer that need transportation assistance in the United States
CancerCare provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones and the bereaved.
- Provides tips for finding help with transportation
- Provides a limited financial assistance to help with transportation
- Offers a Door to Door Program for patients with multiple myeloma which provides individual grants to cover transportation costs such as gasoline and taxi, bus or train fare to and from their doctor's office. Patients must meet certain eligibility criteria
Surviving and Moving Forward: the SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer (the SAMFund)
Contact: (866) 439-9365
Population served: U.S. residents between ages 17 and 35 who have finished cancer treatment
The SAMFund provides grants and scholarships to young adult survivors to help supplement money that was lost during treatment. The grants and scholarships help pay for transitional issues such as education, living, job search and lingering medical expenses.
- Provides grants for educational development (tuition, books, computers, standardized tests, travel to schools for interviews, study abroad, tutoring)
- Provides grants for professional development (vocational training, travel to job interviews, professional apparel, resume & interview skill development)
- Provides grants toward independent living (moving expenses, rent and utilities assistance, car insurance, public transportation passes, legal expenses)
Cancer Fund of America, Inc.
Contact: (800) 578-5284
Population served: Patients with cancer in the United States
Cancer Fund of America sends products free of charge to cancer patients, hospices and other nonprofit healthcare providers.
According to its website:
- "From time to time funds may be available for transportation - please call"
Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF)
Contact: (800) 500-9976
Population served: People who are diagnosed with a T-cell lymphoma and reside in the United States
LRF is a lymphoma-focused organization that funds lymphoma research and provides information on the disease.
- Offers a grant program called T-Cell Lymphoma Transportation Assistance Fund that provides financial assistance to people diagnosed with a T-cell lymphoma who are uninsured or have adequate medical insurance but struggle to pay for transportation costs (e.g., mileage, parking, tolls, gasoline, train tickets, etc.) to get to and from treatment.