Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Earn Money - Seek Emergency Assistance

Private and public agencies that provide emergency assistance in cash are uncommon, and those that do usually restrict that largess to those well below the poverty level. However, many will provide other services and items that you would otherwise spend money on, so this charity could free up some dollars to apply to your other most pressing needs. 

Among the most common of these are food banks and open dining opportunities, help or waiver of utility costs, and clothing and other household essentials. Your local government often has a person or office that acts as a clearinghouse for social services. Don't forget about churches and social clubs, too, who often have less formal outreach programs, especially for members in distress. You'd be amazed at the not-for-profit groups that are sitting on many thousands of dollars simply because no-one has asked them for some of it. 

Asking for charity can take a big chunk out of your pride, but depriving your loved ones of necessities does too. Perhaps you can one day use this humbling experience as an inspiration to help others through their tough times. You'll find that giving does as much for the giver as the receiver. If your income is low enough, you may also qualify for "food stamps" to help you until you are back on your feet. More than 46 million people receive food stamps, nearly half of them children. The average monthly benefit is $132 per person. Benefit cards work like debit cards, allowing users to swipe them for food purchases at some 231,000 stores around the country that are authorized to take part in the food stamp program.