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Population served: Everyone in the U.S. (check the website for availability in your area) 

Mission: 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.

2-1-1 Canada
Population served:
Certain sections of Canada (check the website for availability in your area)

Mission: 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:

  • Housing and utility help
  • Financial and social assistance
  • Health services and support
  • Food assistance and meal programs
  • Senior services and home care
  • Government program assistance
  • Parenting and family programs
  • Disability support services
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Newcomer services
  • Mental health support

Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation
Contact: 302-654-6207
Population served: Families of children with cancer in the U.S.

Mission: To fund research to find cures for childhood cancers and advancements in chemotherapy; to provide emotional support and financial assistance nationwide for families of children with cancer.

  • Provides grants to minimize the financial hardship that is directly attributable to the child's illness; application form available on website.

Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund (BMCF)
Contact: 661-310-7940
Population served: Patients ages 18-40 currently undergoing cancer treatment

Mission: The BMCF supports patients ages 18-40 currently undergoing cancer treatment with services to meet daily needs.

  • Provides home health care services, co-payments required by many health plans for medical care, temporary housing, and other expenses for those temporarily unable to pay bills like rent, insurance, and food.

Friends of Man
Contact: 303-798-2342
Population served: Children, families, elderly, the disabled and those who fall through the safety net of available assistance

Mission: Friends of Man, the charitable arm of the Institute for the New Man, gives help to people who find themselves in a situation where they have nowhere else to turn.

  • Each case is considered on an individual basis in relation to guidelines which accompany the application
  • Referrals are accepted from professionals such as social workers, teachers, health providers, clergy
  • Examples of help provided include, but not limited to: Mobility Equipment: (prostheses, wheelchairs, van lifts, and modifications, ramps, home modifications); Medical Equipment and Procedures such as Hearing Aids, Dentures, Glasses; Clothing for Children, Food, Short-term Daycare, Prescriptions, Cobra/Health Insurance.

Homeownership Preservation Foundation
Contact: 612-230-4020 or 888-995-HOPE
Population served: Financially challenged homeowners
Other language(s): Offers translation services over the phone in over 170 languages

Mission: Helping homeowners avoid mortgage foreclosure. Is an independent national nonprofit dedicated to helping distressed homeowners navigate financial challenges and avoid mortgage foreclosure.

  • Guides consumers onto the path of sustainable homeownership and develops innovative solutions to preserve and expand homeownership.
  • Provides comprehensive financial education and confidential foreclosure prevention counseling for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Hope For Young Adults With Cancer
Contact: or website
Population served: Young adults ages 18-40 with cancer

Mission: To provide direct financial support for those battling, surviving and living with cancer.

  • Provides direct financial support through "Giving Hope Fund" for young adults currently battling cancer, as well as those who have been in remission for up to 5 years after their treatment, the opportunity to help pay for necessities they encounter in everyday life. It is available twice a year.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program/The Campaign for Home Energy Assistance
Contact: Check website for your state's program or call 866-674-6327 for referral to local resource
Population Served: Low income-eligible individuals and families

Mission: LIHEAP assists low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs. The program, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is funded by grants appropriated from the federal government.

  • Pays partial winter energy bills for eligible individuals and families
  • Payments are usually made directly to local utility companies or vendors
  • Applicant must meet certain income guidelines
  • The payment amount is based on the size and type of home as well as type of fuel.

Making Home Affordable Program
Contact: 888-995-4673
Population served: Eligible homeowners for whom ownership is no longer affordable
Other language(s): Spanish, translation services by phone in over 160 languages

Mission: Helping eligible homeowners lower their monthly mortgage payments and get into more stable loans; for those homeowners for whom ownership is no longer affordable or desirable, the program can provide a way out which avoids foreclosure.

Contact: Website Only
Population served: People needing financial assistance

Mission: To provide assistance, up to $500.00 for those who are able to demonstrate a financial need.  NetWish will issue gift certificates or provide payments directly to pay bills. Apply online.

Rally Foundation
Contact: 404-847-1270
Population served: Children with any type of cancer and their families, supporters, researchers

Mission: To empower volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research, to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures.

  • Rally Family Emergency Fund- Offers financial assistance for children under age 21 in current cancer treatment. Fund has an annual cap of $500 and a lifetime cap of $750. Funds may be used to cover a patient's cancer-related medical bills or other family costs related to treatment, e.g. transitional housing. For more details, click here.
  • Become a Rally Kid- Personal stories of cancer patients and survivors, which are inspirational and encourage everyone to Rally in our efforts to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. For more details, click here.
  • Rally Athlete Training Team- Provides independent athletes with personalized fundraising pages and the opportunity to run for a Rally Kid. For more details, click here.
  • Become a Rally Researcher- Supports research projects affiliated with Children's Oncology Group or supported by the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute. Awards one year research grants through a rigorous competitive peer review process. For more details, click here.

Rise Above It
Population served:
Young Adult patients between 15-39, who are currently undergoing or actively pursuing clinical trial treatment options.

Mission: To provides financial assistance to young adult patients between 15 -39, battling cancer who are undergoing or actively pursuing clinical trial treatment options.

  • Requests may be made for medical expenses, housing costs, travel expenses as well as food, clothing and utility bills.

The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer
Population served:  Young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 21 and 39, finished with active treatment and residents of the U.S.

Mission: The SAMFund supports young adult cancer survivors in the U.S. as they recover from the financial impact of cancer treatment. Through direct financial assistance, in-person and online support, The SAMFund helps young adults move forward towards their personal, professional, and educational goals.

  • Grants cover a wide range of post-treatment financial needs (must be related to the cancer experience), such as current and residual medical bills, car and health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, family-building expenses, gym memberships and transportation costs
  • The 2-part application process is open in June of each year
  • Webinars provide information on a range of Young Adult issues and challenges including dealing with medical debt, employment, insurance, and fertility.
last updated on Wednesday, August 27, 2014