Families of children with cancer often face financial difficulties. Suddenly, household bills become overwhelming; utilities are in jeopardy of being shut-off or an eviction notice is received. The Helping Hands Fund provides emergency bridge payments directly to the utility companies and landlords, ensuring that each child has a warm, safe place to call home while recovering from cancer.
*All funding applications are obtained by contacting your social worker or child life specialist only during the funding time frame listed below.*
The Helping Hands Fund is a monthly program that works directly with your social worker or child life specialist. Each month, your healthcare professional will receive an electronic version of the application. They will work with you and your family to complete the application and to include the additional documentation needed.
*All Applications are due on the 15th of each month.
If you are interested in applying for funding through the Helping Hands Fund, here are a few guidelines to consider. A full set of instructions will accompany the actual application.
The Helping Hands Fund is a monthly distribution program.
Deadline for applications is the 15th day of each month.
Applications are NOT available to individuals or families. Please contact your social worker or child life specialist to obtain an application.
All patients must be under the age of 18 and currently receiving active cancer treatment to qualify for consideration.
A maximum of $300 may be approved per family, per year.
Only utility and rental fee bills will be considered. A utility request is defined as a heating, electrical or water bill.
Cell phones, Cable payments, mortgage payments, car payments, insurance or tax bills, medical payments and transportation costs are NOT eligible for funding.
Copies of all bills or rental agreements being requested must be submitted with application.
A brief narrative describing the child’s situation and the family’s need must be included and written by the social worker, child life specialist or hospital personnel.
If the application is approved, check(s) will be made payable to each utility company and mailed directly to the family on or before the last day of each month.
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