NEED HELP ? Unique to U.S. and Canada - CALL 211 (2-1-1) SOCIAL EMERGENCY HELPLINE - to speak with a live, highly trained person in your area 24/7 all languages, completely confidential: food, health, housing, utilities, job support, reentry, veterans, emergency assistance, other services in your area. www.211.org
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Find help at community level If you need any kind of help
Social security benefits to citizens (worldwide)
Benefits portals for citizens, selected countries
I Just need money, period
Working at home
Getting yourself out of debt (best found)
U.S. Grants to individuals Fed/NGOs
Britain: Grants to individuals, small business help
U.S. Federal grants to individuals, groups
U.S. if you are over 50
50+ new entrepreneurs SBA (Eng EspaÃ±ol)
Obtain small loans to start business
National debt/benefits counseling services
How to go about debt reduction
Global job search
U.S. job search
Helping parents - very good advice and links
Volunteering - Everybody wins
Traditional emergency phones: U.S. Canada: Call 911 (9-1-1). Worldwide: click here
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20 Skills You Learn Volunteering to Help You Get a Job
5 Ways to Use Your Professional Skills to Give Back
Volunteering While Coping With Recovery: 12 Ways
Family Guide to Volunteering
Turning Your Home's Yard into a Community Garden
Volunteer DIY In The Community
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In searching for a job, funding, material support, etc. be aware that there are many scams. Check out the following: Excellent advice
"Have you ever wondered if a job is real or a scam? Sometimes, it can be hard to tell the difference. Here are some tip-offs to help you identify fake job offers and avoid job scams." Top 10 Job Scam Warning Signs
Second, before we get into all the ways to find a job, make money and generally survive, take a moment to consider what volunteering can do for you - quite a lot as it turns out. Volunteering can provide you with new skills, broaden your horizons, open up new possibilities for a job, give back to the community, and help you enjoy the life you have while you are searching. As described by the contributor of the links below "Whether you build your salesmanship skills by helping a local animal shelter get donations or work on communication skills while volunteering at a youth center, the possibilities are endless. Best of all, you'll be making a rewarding and truly meaningful difference in your community. Below are some awesome articles I found with information on how people of all ages, abilities, and interests can volunteer in their area and build valuable skills in the process." Lexie Dy readyJOB.org
Third, I have been asked by a number of people how they can find funding to give them a chance to move ahead, to get out of a financial hole. When all of the traditional means of obtaining funding are closed for any number of reasons, where does one turn for help? This page will attempt to give some direction to those seeking for answers. Good luck.
I Just need money, period
Aidpage A very large community of people interacting with people. Some good advice, helpful information, blog entries.
If you need help...Sign up here on Aidpage - free, takes about 1 minute. Post a new message with pictures and information about your current situation and your needs - it's easy, technical skills are not required.
Free Help Nationwide part of Aidpage above. This is a list of governmental and nongovernmental resources which can help you if living in the U.S. From their page:
"The NATIONWIDE organizations listed below can assist you with your basic needs, including: food, clothing, rent, utilities, transportation, back to school needs, medical, dental, and holiday needs." Site also includes links to a number of blogs which provide information, and advice on finding help.
debtworkout Bankruptcy Alternatives and How To Get Money When You Need Money. Gives a list of possible routes you can take to find the money you need. Some good advice basically banking on your own common sense and suggesting some of the alternatives available.
Please Help Me Organization Provides help to those who are willing to help themselves. If you apply for help, be sure to fully read all of their material, including the four pages of their FAQs. Their statement pretty much defines their approach. "We put you on a program to get you back on your feet. We give you consultation, we give you support, we talk you through the problems and give suggestions of how to best deal with your financial issues. We find you ways you can make money legitimately to pay your bills."
If you are interested, contact them and ask for their 'Please Help Me Form'.
Office of Family Assistance Handles the Child Care Bureau, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Tribal TANF, and the Healthy Marriage Initiative.
A program of the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), United States Department of Health and Human Services. For a very good description of the program please-help-me.org.
Before you leave this section, it helps to have some structure in your request. 'Help, I need $2,000 in a hurry' is not going to get you very far if you post that on a site or a forum.
Here are some recent suggestions I wrote to someone requesting help.
First, I know that there are people willing to help, but they need to be given a request which they can handle, and know that the individual they are helping has a specific way of generating money in the future. It is important for them to know that the financial aid given will, in fact, provide a basis for that to happen.
Second, they need to be confident that you are who you say you are, and really need the help. Therefore, any background you can give would be helpful, as well as a reference or two which can be checked out.
Third, you need to account for the reasons for your situation, and specific ways to prevent this from happening again in the future, plus actively starting to put these into practice.
Fourth, you need to find the talents, the experiences, and the desires which will make any step forward a movement toward an achievable goal. Everyone has something which they like doing, are good at, or have some expertise or experience which is not being used at the present time. All of these may be made profitable even in the worst of times. It is important that you convey this sense of self knowledge to anyone seriously considering helping you.
Fifth, the specific steps (not in detail, but in general), which will be taken to realize the stated goals towards sustainability, need to be presented. In this regard, realistic assessments of the possibilities or opportunities which actually exist within you and within your environment need to be made.
When you have worked all these out, go out there and ask.
Working at home
First: "In 2010 the Federal Trade Commission received 8,192 complaints involving
work-at-home-business opportunities, flat with the previous year. The
FTC estimates that only one in every 55 of these gigs is legitimate." 16 Work-At-Home Scams To Avoid
It's worth your time to check out the advice given here from the Better Business Bureau before giving out info, money, time, etc. Don't Get Scammed: 4 Questions to Help You Land a Legit Work-From-Home Job
Places where you can check to see if a program is spam.
Before you buy a book, or a program, or sign up for a sure-fire-make-lots-of-money-fast offer on the web for work at home programs, check a number of sites with scam lists before you possibly lose your money.
Here is a site which checks out scams. 16 Work-At-Home Scams To Avoid
Sites we have found that we consider to be legitimate help for online jobs
FlexJobs Usually, "if you have to pay for information about a job or for the opportunity to get the job, it's probably a scam". But, this is one of those times when it just may be worth paying the price of a coffee once a month - even if you don't drink coffee. Click on any company in the list to see the current open positions working from home in 2017 The Top 100 Companies Offering Remote Jobs See the reviews of those who have received jobs through FlexJobs: The Price of a FlexJobs Membership
Real ways to earn money on line How To Find Legit Online Jobs? Here's How You Can Start!
Truly impressive site. Includes:
Start a Blog
Earn Extra Money
Newest Job Leads
Work From Home Guide: A list of legitimate, work-at-home job opportunities Besides giving a list of legitimate work-from-home opportunities, the site also lists the top companies hiring for part-time, work-from-home jobs.
The 15 Best Freelance Websites to Find Jobs
In general, the Entrepreneur site is a great site. Be sure to browse its contents. It can help you in any number of ways.
10 Part-Time Jobs You Can Do From Home from AOL find a job.
Freebyte's Guide to Earning money on the Web Covers the real opportunities for working at home through your computer. Excellent page on how not to work at home, and online scams. Links to job sites, freelance, tutorials, Links to services if opening up your own online business. Also has a forum of people who can help and support each other. Marvelous site.
How to Find Online Jobs Lists a number of online job lists with cross country access. Also has How To on getting jobs, writing articles for eZines and eNewsletters.
Debt counseling services - national associations
US, Canada, UK
National Foundation For Credit Counseling 1-800-388-2227 to speak to a counselor near you. Para ayuda en Espanol Ilama al 1-800-682-9832
Debt consolidation, avoid foreclosure, homeowner crisis resource center, consumer debt advice, credit counseling, cases of people helped, U.S. national locator for member agencies.
Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies "AICCCA is a national membership organization, established to promote quality and consistent delivery of credit counseling services" Find a member counseling agency in your state. TOLL FREE REFERRAL LINE: 866-703-8787 to be connected to a credit counselor
Citizens Advice Bureau - UK Provides locator to find advice bureau near you. Free, confidential and independent advice from over 3,000 locations providing face-to-face, telephone, and in some cases email help.
"... advice helps people resolve their debt, benefits, housing, legal, discrimination, employment, immigration, consumer and other problems and is available to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, disability or religion."
Adviceguide Online help by Citizens Advice Bureau. Covers a range of topics in a range of languages. Also see Benefits to which you may be entitled in England
The Foundation for Credit Counseling is the umbrella charity for the Consumer Credit Counseling Service in the United Kingdom. Through its free national telephone service, ten regional centers and online CCCS Debt Remedy, CCCS is able to help people with debt problems wherever they live. free phone helpline 0800 138 1111
The UK Insolvency Helpline A free, independent and impartial debt advice service. 0800 074 6918.
Or search for 'consumer credit counseling service' or 'debt counseling' in Google or other search engines.
Debt Snowball - The Truth About How to Get Out of Debt
The 12-Step Get-Out-of-Debt Program
Some self debt reduction plans which really work
Grants to individuals - Federal/Nonprofit
Also see under United States Direct Government Assistance above
Types of GrantsGrants are listed by educational level (pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, post-doctorate funding ), population groups (Disabled, Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans, Minorities, Non-Traditional, Veterans, Women), and by many subject areas. Very comprehensive. Many educational grants but also non-educational. Depending on your population group, it may be very much worth your while to look at it.
Grants and Related Resources (not currently on line) List of all types of grants of which the above listing is only one part.
Variety International "Dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world". "Through our network of 50 Tents (or Chapters) in 14 countries, Variety reaches into communities across the globe to offer financial assistance and services to children and organizations that serve children with special needs."
Grants to individuals and small business help - Britain
Has a wealth of information which could be of value anywhere in the world and not just in the UK.
Starting, Financing, Running, News, Blog, Get a loan, Get a grant, Law, Management, Opportunities, Outlook.
If this is your first time on the site, each link has multiple pages as you scroll down (up to 14 and more in some cases) which are sometimes slow to load. So, be sure to plumb the depths.
Real help now (globalcrisis comment: Incredible resource)
Real help now for people and businesses in the UK for different regions
of the UK, and for jobs, businesses, homes, personal finance, women,
persons over 60, communities, etc.
Although the site is from 2009,
much of the information is valid today in 2017. For instance, under help
for women: "one-stop online advice centre on Directgov. Visit www.direct.gov.uk/debtadvice.
If you have money problems you can call the National Debtline for advice on 0808 808 4000 or visit the website www.nationaldebtline.co.uk."
to find help with homes, jobs and finances when you need it February
help with: keeping your home, skills and training, jobs and benefits,
people on low income, money problems, employees, pensioners, buying a
new home, businesses, business finances, managing your business,
investing for the future.
Call to young entrepreneurs
Getting the right advice, Family business centre launched, Is your business a winner?, Awards for female entrepreneurs, and many more - just keep scrolling down (it may be slow at first).
Smallbusiness.co.uk/news/opportunities This section provides the latest UK News on government initiatives and changes in business strategy and management that create new opportunities for Small businesses.
2017: current Opportunities for grants.
Federal Grants to Individuals, Groups Other Than Individuals, Disaster Assistance
Federal grants to individuals is very limited. However, once you are on the page, see list on right of other organizations which grant individual loans or assistance.
Federal grants to individuals
Federal grants to individuals
Federal grants to groups other than individuals
Our quick entry into the Grants.gov system to find out what is available:
Go to the Search Grants page (opens in a new tab)
On the left, under Eligibility, check the type of group you represent (note: there are very few grants for individuals here).
Leave all other categories at their default position.
For instance, checking: Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education (1,145) will automatically search for all open opportunities. The number in parenthesis is the current total.
To narrow this down, check under Category to see the number of opportunities currently open for each category.
As indicated elsewhere on Grants.gov, to save yourself time and frustration, be sure to check out thoroughly the eligibility requirements of any opportunity you select from the listing.
Main page GRANTS.GOV (U.S. Federal Grants)
The site covers: Get Assistance: Address Look-up, Find Assistance, Apply Online, Check Your Status, Assistance by Category, Assistance by Federal Agency, Community Leaders, Other Recovery Help, Application Checklist, Forms
Information: News Feeds, Immediate Needs, Moving Forward, Disabilities or Access and Functional Needs, Older Americans, Children and Families, Disaster Types, Foreign Disasters, Fact Sheets
Special Circumstances: for instance, for the Puerto Rico Disaster (2017), the site provided such things as:
Residents of current disaster areas address check for eligibility
Transitional Sheltering Assistance Hotel Directory
A How to Help page to volunteer
Where to obtain small loans to start a business
Where to Get Money to Start a Business 10 Sources of Startup Funds for Microsized Businesses. Good advice on best ways to start.
Small Business Grants This is for UK but the ideas may be translatable elsewhere. Each
government has some funds available for development. You would be wise
to find out what they are and decide whether or not you fit the
guideline - assuming that there is money available.
Peer to Peer Loans by About.com. Good overview of all the different ways to get loans for
those with good credit, in-between credit, bad credit, no credit.
Basically covers the waterfront.
On Deck Capital A revolution in small business lending. Extra capital for helping your business grow. Article about On Deck On Deck - Lending, With a Twist "... the company has an offbeat system of evaluating borrowers.
Instead of looking at a snapshot of performance, such as an applicant's
tax returns, On Deck uses software to examine a company's daily
business activity. The software figures out, among other things, how
many customers the business has, how many complaints it gets and how its
sales surge and sag. The idea is to gauge cash flow and see if the
company is stable enough to pay back a loan. On Deck's methods of collecting payments are just as unusual. Instead of sending out monthly notices, the
company electronically debits small amounts every day from borrowers --
usually about $100 -- to pay back the loan over a year."
Kiva Provides a platform connecting individuals who want to help small
entrepreneurs in developing countries. Loans are handled by established
micro-lending groups worldwide, which when repaid, is returned to the
"Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending
for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the world's first
person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend
directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world." "The
individuals featured on our website are real people who need a loan and
are waiting for socially-minded individuals like you to lend them
You Don't Need Money to Make Money An interesting discussion.
Global job search
job seekers: Find Jobs, Job Recommendations, Post Resumes, Free Resume
Critique, Create Free Professional Online Profile, Job Alerts, Advice
& Resources, Career Resources, Education Center, Career Fairs,
Salary Calculator, Career Tests, Skills Training.Free Interview Skills Training Course.
And for employers: Search Resumes, Post Jobs, Advice. "More than 23
million unique visitors come to the site every month to check out
opportunities in every industry, field and job type." "CareerBuilder.com
powers the online job search centers for more than 1,000 partners,
including 150 newspapers, America Online and MSN."
million active members.
"leading global online careers property that has changed the way people
look for jobs; the way employers look for people; and the way companies
connect with their target audience."
"With approximately 5,200 employees and operations in 36 countries,
Monster Worldwide has an unparalleled international reach."
Profile & Resume, Cover Letter, Job Search/Browse, Career
Benchmarking, Career Mapping, Career Development, Advice for Job-Hunt
Strategy, Interviewing, Salary & Benefits.
AOL find a job Allows you to narrow it down for jobs in your area and job classification. Also at home work.
U.S. job search
Internet Job Store Substantial listings for major cities all States for internet, IT, computer... based jobs.
simply hired Job search made simple. U.S. all types of jobs. 3,176,237 jobs across the web as of 19 January 2009.
you help your parents. Get eldercare help. Meet and share with others
like you, get answers, find local resources, expert articles, tips and
advice. A vibrant community of experts to answer questions, and others
in the community who may have suggestions, advice and support. Excellent
site. Has helped many deal with problems.
Major topics include: health, money and legal matters, home care, life,
housing, to-do lists, ask and answer, groups, news and views.
In U.S. if you are over 50
AARP (Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons)
In the U.S., you can join at age 50 and be able to qualify for a number of programs in your state such as help in paying for food, enrolling in programs helping save money, extra help through Medicare, programs which help pay for prescription drugs and health care.
AARP Foundation Benefits. Very Helpful benefits page.
At the top of the page, click on Discounts, Insurance, Financial, Health Products, Travel Benefits, Automotive, Membership, Browse All Benefits.
AARP and AARP en EspaÃ±ol. The home
page of AARP has a great deal of information which may be of help.
AARP's Living On A Budget. See links at the top of page: Consumer Protection, Living on a Budget, Managing Debt, Saving & Investing,Taxes.
BenefitsCheckUp National Council On Aging
Join the 6,206,140 people who have discovered $22 billion in benefits with BenefitsCheckUp
NCOA.org National Council on Aging
- Economic Security: Benefits for Seniors, Home Equity, Older Workers, Money Management
- Healthy Aging: Falls Prevention, Chronic Disease Management, Senior Hunger & Nutrition, Aging Mastery Program
- Public Policy & Action: Action Center, Federal Budget, Older Americans Act, Long-term Services & Support, Elder Justice, Advocacy Toolkit
Getting yourself out of debt (One of the best recommendations I have found)
Martin Lewis' Money Saving Expert.com Debt Problems - Where to start, what to do, where to get help. "There
is no such thing as an unsolvable debt problem. It mightn't be easy or
quick, but there's always a route."
It's one of the best step by step guides I have seen. Very complete. It's directed at the UK but most of the
ideas, steps, and type of agency or helping hand are available in some
form elsewhere. There are four videos which can make the experience of
going through the explanations easier. All for free - he calls it
consumer revenge. Plus other relevant articles, free money saving tools,
relevant forums. This service is free.
Help at the Community Level
the most available help is at the individual community level. An
example of finding help in a particular city in the U.S. is given as a
guide for possibly finding help where you live. Includes links to help
Includes many links to help nationwide. As an example, Buffalo, New York has been chosen. Searched the web for 'buffalo NY social services' and by following leads in the returns, found the following:
- County Departments of Social Services for New York State found under the office of Children and Family Services.
- Services for Erie County Programs and Benefits (includes Buffalo) Food Stamps, Medicaid,
Public Assistance, Temporary Assistance, Child Support, Day Care,
Employment, Home Energy Assistance Program, Children Families and
Adults, special Investigations, Legal Advocacy For Disabled, Help Guide.Note: Do not make the mistake of looking for Buffalo County - You will end up in Wisconsin.
- Charity Guide - Worldwide listing of charities Found 1984 charities in Buffalo, NY"There
are many ways in which to support worthwhile causes in your area.
Whether it is in the form of monetary donations, or a small bit of your
time each week."
- American Red Cross Location finder for a Red Cross chapter near you. Provides help in an
array of services after a disaster. One such help, the Hurricane
Recovery Program (HRP), provided assistance to those affected by the
hurricanes. Other services after a disaster include: Contact family
members, find shelter and supplies, recover after a disaster. The Red
Cross also has a number of services to help military families.
- Salvation Army To find a center near you, use locator provided. Or go to National Salvation Army. Branches also in Canada.
- General Shelter and Other Transitional Housing Programs: New York U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- Local HUD Information for information by state and communities on rent assistance and shelters for homeless.
- HUD Main Site (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development). Information on Apply for FEMA housing assistance, Buy a Home, Find Rental Assistance, File a Discrimination Complaint, Learn about the Housing Choice Voucher Program, Access the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) System, Access the Limited Denials of Participation List, Find My Local Public Housing Agency (PHA).
- HUD in New York Many LOCAL resources: Get Rental Help, Avoid Foreclosure, Find Homeless Resources, Access Disaster Assistance and Help, Learn About Homeownership, Find Senior Resources, HUD Homes for Sale, Subsidized Apartment Search, Homebuying Assistance, Help With Your Utility Bills.
- Hunger Action Network of New York State Provides an Emergency Food Program Directory which helps locate a food
program county or zip code.
- Need food assistance? call National Hunger Clearinghouse 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE en Espanol
- For Hunger
Hotline in New York City has map of locations in the city.
- Catholic Charities USA To find help in other cities, states, or zip code.
- Supportive Services Corporation a nonprofit Supportive Services Corporation which "assists job seekers
55 years of age and over, as well as, employers seeking qualified job
candidates throughout all of Erie County. We also operate a Senior
Community Service Employment Program (Title V Senior Aides Program)
which provides part-time community service work to eligible individuals
at participating local non-profit, governmental or public agencies.
Additional services include weatherization assistance to income eligible
Erie County residents outside of the City of Buffalo."
- People Inc "Western New York's leading non-profit human services agency. Through a
variety of services including residential, employment, community
outreach, health care and recreation programs, we help seniors, families
and people with disabilities live more healthy, independent and
- Directory Assistance Nationwide
- Yellowbot.com Can find social services listing. For the key words 'social services' for 'Buffalo NY', I found 200 buffalo NY Also has a scrolling map which marks the location for each service.
- Find social services nonprofits nationwide through Yellowpages Superpages What: type in 'Social & Human Services Organizations' and Where put in your city and state.
Received 403 results for one city. Requires some sifting through, but you can probably find what you need.
When put in the city 'Buffalo NY', found social services organizations Buffalo
Benefits to Citizens By National Governments (Worldwide)
Social Security Benefits in more than 170 countries covering benefits such as old-age, survivors, disability, sickness,
maternity, work injury, unemployment, family allowances. A first step
towards finding out the type of benefits to which you may be entitled.
An updated resource maintained by U.S. Social Security Administration.
European Commission - Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion
Gives eligibility for benefits, what you are entitled to and how to go about claiming it:
Family: Child Benefit, Family-related benefits, Maternity benefits
Health: Benefits for caregivers, Statutory Sick Pay
Incapacity: Disability-related benefits, Accidents at work and occupational diseases, Employment and Support Allowance
Old-age and survivors: Pensions,Bereavement Benefits
Social assistance: Pension Credit, Working Tax Credits, Universal Credit
Unemployment: Job Seeker's Allowance
Moving abroad: Contributions paid abroad can count
Main residence: Habitual residency
Do your own search for all benefits by sub-union/country
In many cases states, regions, territories, counties, cantons, cities each may have their own social services
Search for your place of residence plus 'social services benefits' using national language.
Madrid servicios sociales Centros de Atencion Social
Benefits Portals For Citizens by Selected Countries
- Australia Direct Government Assistance
Australia.gov Benefits, Payments and Services Aged, Australians Overseas, Carer's, Crisis & Other Assistance, Family, Drought, Farmers, Housing, Jobseekers,
Migrants, Military Personnel, Multilingual Services Information Payments, People with Disabilities, Veterans,
Youth & Students among others.
- Belgium - Federale Overheidsdienst Sociale Zekerheid
- Service Canada
Service Canada English FranÃ§ais - Online services, forms, grants, job bank, health,
seniors, disabilities, veterans, youth, students, services to
entrepreneurs, and more
- Chile Servicios Sociales Gobierno - Portal
INSTITUTO DE NORMALIZACION PREVISIONAL INPQuÃ©
es INP, Empleador, Trabajador, Pensionado, Otros Usuarios, Seguridad
Laboral, Servicios. Consultas beneficios INP 800 20 25 00, consultas
Reforma Provisional 800 64 60 90
- Danmark VelfÃ¦rdsministeriet
Patsiendile, Eakale, Lapsele, Puudega inimesele, TÃ¶Ã¶tajale,
TÃ¶Ã¶otsijale, TÃ¶Ã¶andjale, Projektijuhile, VÃ¤lismaalasele
- India Social Services Portal
Citizens Section Health: Child care, family welfare; Education: Scholarships, awards, loans, aid; Employment; housing; Senior citizens.
- Malawi .
Malawi NGO List (2003) by CONGOMA (Council for Nongovernmental Organisations in Malawi.
MACOHA Ministry of Social Development and People With Disabilities through Malawi Council For the Handicapped Programs/Services and Implementation Strategies
Sistema Para el Desarrollo Integral del la Familia AlimentaciÃ³n, adultos mayores, prevenciÃ³n familliar, procuraciÃ³n, discapacidad, vinculaciÃ³n, juridico
- New Zealand
Ministry of Social Development What We Can Do For You: Individuals, Families,
Children & Young People, Students, Seniors, Disabled People, Community, Rural Services
Ihr offizieller Amtshelfer fÃ¼r Ã-sterreich
Government Ministries select relevant ministry: Social Welfare and Special Education Division, Women Development Division, Youth Affairs Division.
Portal de Servicios al Ciudadano y Empresas
Department of Social Welfare and Development See Programs/Projects dropdown list of services: community, center,
residential care, Social Welfare and development technologies. Also list
of regional offices of DSWD.
Questions and answers about solo parents Solo Parents: Benefits and Requirements.
National Council of Social Service links to services, helplines, portals Individuals
and families in social/financial Need, list of service centre
locations, helplines, children and youth online couselling, family /
disability / eldercare / caregiver services.
- South Africa
South Africa Social Security Agency Social Relief of Distress, Grants: Old Age, Disability, War Veterans,
Child, Foster Child, Care Dependency, Child Support, Grant-in-aid for
full time help due to disability or mental illness.
Also see, Grants and Pensions Relevant social services are found in different governmental departments. Select the one relevant to you.
Health and Social Assistance on Switzerland's Official Web Portal. Health and Social Security including: AHV / IV, Health insurance,
Social security, Disability, Prevention, Addiction and drugs, Consumer
protection, Food safety. Main point of access to online information
from the federal government, the cantons and local authorities in
German, French, Italian, Romansh and English.
- Trinidad and Tobago
Ministry of Social Development Click on Social Services dropdown menu. Includes under social welfare
division: Burial assistance, clothing / dietary, education medical equipment home help / household help / micro enterprise and training / school textbooks / special child grants,
disability assistance, house rent, old age pension, free bus pass
- United Kingdom - Direct Government Assistance
Help from DirectGov - Keep warm keep well plus help in financial crisis. Claim an energy
grant, Warm Front Scheme, Other financial help: Pension Credit,
Community Care Grants, Budgeting Loans, Crisis Loans.
U.K. Gov Guide to Benefits what you might be entitled to including:
Education loans, financial support for parents, allowance for carers,
disabled rights, over 50s retirement / pensions / benefits, health care,
employment, among others.
- United States - Direct Government Assistance
Note: Each State may have other programs not listed on the federal government site.
Search for these by searching on the web for name of state + government
Benefits.gov U.S. Child care/support, counseling, disability, disaster relief,
education/training, energy assistance, from food stamp to nutrition/meal
food programs, over 80 grants/scholarships, health, housing, insurance,
living assistance, loans, Medicaid/care, over 50 benefit programs for
veterans, among others.
For federal government grants for the grant community
Find. Apply. Succeed. Grants.gov is your source to FIND and APPLY
For Personal Loans
does not provide personal financial assistance. However, if you are
looking for personal assistance, they suggest checking:
Governments Benefits as also listed above.
Small Business Start Up Loans
US Federal Government Grants, Scholarships, Loans, Free Services Aid agencies, grants, funding programs, fed assistance, students,
traineeships, grants and loans for business / health / housing, mortgage
Indian Health, Social Services - fedmoney.com
50+ Entrepreneur Start a New Business with help from U.S. Small Business Administration English EspaÃ±ol
50+ Entrepreneur Programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed. U.S. Small
Small business planner, services, tools, local resources, E-Newsletters,
Free Online Training, E-Payments,
Marketing and Outreach, Budget and Performance
"According to the Kauffman Foundation, Americans aged 55 to 64 form
small businesses at the highest rate of any age group -- 28% higher than
the adult average."
See For overview ENCORE ENTREPRENEURS: New SBA resources for boomer startups.
En EspaÃ±ol Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Peque×¡a Empresa
Encore.org If you want a second career, interested in the social or nonprofit
sector, want to earn while fulfilling your dreams, Encore may be able to
point you in the right direction.
"The Encore Careers campaign aims to engage millions of boomers in
encore careers, providing personal fulfillment doing paid work and
producing a windfall of human talent to solve society's greatest
Retooling for encore careers
Regardless of your situation, think about volunteering your time to a good cause. Everybody wins.
Worldwide Volunteering Also see database Worldwide Volunteering has a free search-and-match database with over
1600 organisations offering over 1 million placements all over the
world. Placements range from rescuing orphan orangutans in Malaysia to
playing football whilst educating kids about HIV/AIDS in Africa or
monitoring endangered sea turtles in America and Europe. Contact Amy at
Sussex and Surrey VPM at the email address email@example.comThis e-mail
to view it or phone 07872 635073 for help with finding placements abroad
as well as in the UK.
Concordia a small not-for-profit youth charity whose aims are to encourage
international youth exchange as a means of promoting greater cultural
awareness, international understanding and peace. Short-term
international volunteer projects are one way by which we hope to achieve
these aims. Our International Volunteer Programme offers 16-30 year
olds the opportunity to join international teams of volunteers working
on short-term projects in over 50 countries world-wide.
The project range is diverse and includes nature conservation,
restoration, archaeology, construction, art and culture as well as
projects that are more socially based including working with adults or
children with special needs, children's play schemes and teaching.
Volunteers pay a registration fee of Â£110 and fund their own travel.
Board and accommodation is free of charge. All available projects are
currently listed on the website.
Volunteer.gov U.S. Building America's Communities of Service. Map of States shows
opportunities in each state. 23 featured volunteer categories including
General Assistance, in over 8 different U.S. Services.
in 1961, the Peace Corps engages men and women 18 years and older to
serve for two year assignments in countries overseas and help
communities solve important challenges in the developing world. To date,
more than 170,000 individuals have served in 136 countries as Peace
Corps volunteers, working in such diverse fields as education, health,
HIV/AIDS education and awareness, information technology, business
development, the environment, and agriculture."
Overseas Volunteers for Prosperity "...a call to service by highly skilled Americans to serve as
volunteers overseas for flexible, short-term assignments to help achieve
U.S. global health and prosperity objectives. Such objectives include
providing clean water, promoting democratic governance, developing
economic freedom, promoting free and open markets and stemming the
spread of HIV/AIDS."
USA Freedom Corps Besides the three programs above, lists other volunteer initiatives
within the U.S. and abroad of the U.S. federal government such as:
AmeriCorps, Citizen Corps, Learn and Serve America, Senior Corps, Take
Pride in America, The Corporation for National and Community Service,
Interactive Program Selector, Federal Agency Initiatives, Special
Initiatives, USAFC Volunteer Network Partners
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