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Where to go for help if you live hard in the US


In prosperous and well-fed America, there is also a place for grief, hunger, lack of money and disease. At the same time, there are organizations that are ready to lend a helping hand to those who are in trouble. The main thing is that people who are looking for help find those who offer it.

ForumDaily told me what benefits can you expect in the US, and in this overview - a list of organizations that provide support in a variety of situations.

Baby has cancer

American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) was founded in 1970 by a group of parents whose children struggled with cancer. ACCO is the oldest and largest cancer prevention organization for children in the United States.

The organization is doing everything possible to make this problem a priority at the national level, by developing policies, supporting research, raising awareness and providing educational resources and innovative programs to families with children with oncology.

There is nothing worse than sitting in the doctor's office to find out that your child has cancer. You are suddenly loaded with medical terminology, with long, complex words about which you did not even have an idea. And based on these words, you are immediately asked to make decisions that will fundamentally affect the future of your child. ACCO is committed to providing families with information resources on childhood cancer, treatment protocols, medications, and clinical trials (in an easy-to-understand form) in order to facilitate the decision needed to combat this dreadful diagnosis.

The youngest cancer victims are often too young to understand what is happening to them: why they feel sick, why they have to spend so much time in the hospital, why they have to take a huge amount of drugs and undergo so many operations.

ACCO offers families resources like magazine Cozy care, picture books designed and written specifically for children that parents can use to help their children understand what they are going through, to make the battle with cancer a little easier.

Often, the family in which the child has cancer is young and has a limited income. Often there are other small children in the family who also need attention and care. And one of the parents must stop working in order to care for a sick child. ACCO understands how a child’s illness affects the whole family. Through the organization’s organizations throughout the country, family assistance is provided as well as national support through the organization’s online network.

Unfortunately, most of the smallest cancer victims continue to be treated with drugs that were developed in the 1970 and 1980. Many drugs have been developed and approved to fight cancer in adults. Even when treatment works, it often leads to serious long-term health problems, including secondary cancers, which have a devastating effect on the future of these children. ACCO believes that the time has come to devote our attention to the promotion of research programs devoted to the eradication of all forms of childhood cancer, with more benign treatment options designed specifically for children's organs.

Woman with a child left alone

In the United States, mothers raising children alone are entitled to social and financial assistance. Moreover, this right applies in certain cases to immigrants who are only in the process of receiving a green card.

Hotline for the protection of women and children He also has a Russian-speaking specialist who can provide informational assistance to a woman who is left alone.


12 millions - as many single-parent families, according to the Census Bureau for 2013 a year, live in the US, and 80% of them are families who care for single mothers. For those who do not work or earn very little, there are many social programs.

Here are the most common ones:

Special program for low-income pregnant or lactating women, babies and children under five years of age. Program participants are entitled to receive free of charge in chain stores dairy products, fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes, as well as all those products that are on their individual list.

This program, also known as the program of food stamps (food stamps), designed for people who have a very low income or do not work at all.

This program is designed for working parents, people with low income or for parents who are in search of work. Families with children up to 13 years can participate in the program (up to 19 years if the child is disabled or has special needs). The project is not free, but works in the format of additional payments: a part of the amount is paid by the program, and a part by the family. The amount of surcharge depends on each specific case.

The program is designed for children up to 19 years whose parents have an income higher than that required for participation in the program Medicaid, however, can not afford normal insurance for children. In some states, this insurance applies to parents and pregnant women. CHIP fully or partially covers all visits to the doctor, vaccinations, and dentist services.

The US Government Medical Assistance Program for Persons with an Income Below the Official Poverty Line. The benefits of the program are usually used by pregnant women who are unable to pay for the management of pregnancy and childbirth.

The family has experienced violence

In the US, there are six types of violence:

  • physical (injury, harm to children);
  • emotional (insults, blackmail, threats, manipulations);
  • sexual (coercion to sexual acts by force, blackmail or threats);
  • economic (deprivation of a partner of financial freedom, concealment of income);
  • reproductive (refusal to use contraceptives or, on the contrary, coercion to use, coerce to abortion or pregnancy, etc.);
  • e (Internet surveillance, humiliation and humiliation on social networks; sending images or messages with offensive content).

In any of these cases, the victim can call for help by calling the hotline: 1-800-799-7233 или 1-800-787-3224.


National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is the voice of victims and survivors. The organization is a catalyst to change society so that there is zero tolerance for domestic violence in society. NCADV does this by influencing public policy, deepening understanding of the consequences of domestic violence, and providing programs that drive this change.

The NCADV Public Policy Bureau works with other national organizations to promote legislation and policies that serve and protect victims and survivors of domestic violence. The organization seeks to change the macro level to create a society in which domestic violence is never allowed or minimized.

In turn, NCADV relies on its members and partners to provide grassroots support, to create a link with their delegations in Congress and to have their voices heard at the local level. The organization also provides technical support to individuals and groups who seek information about laws, policies, research, and other resources related to domestic violence at the national level.

  • Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Program

Сosmetic Reconstructive Support (CRS) is the only direct service program that NCADV offers to survivors. The organization is currently working in partnership with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). It provides assistance to victims of domestic violence to people who cannot afford cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Facial plastic surgeons from all over the country voluntarily provide their services to assist survivors in eliminating physical scars resulting from domestic violence.

  • Remember my name

Remember My Name (NCADV) since 1994, commemorates the many women, children and men who died as a result of domestic violence in the United States. Twenty years ago, RMN was created by Ms. Magazine and NCADV to draw attention to the problem of domestic violence, honor those who lost their lives, and pay attention to this problem as a whole.

Each year, RMN creates a memorial placard showing the names and ages of people who died as a result of domestic violence.

  • Reproductive coercion

Reproductive coercion is behavior used to pressure or coerce a woman into conceiving or continuing or terminating a pregnancy against her will through manipulation, intimidation, threats and / or actual acts of violence. Women's Health Center (FWHC), NCADV and the National Organization for Combating Sexism (NOMAS) have jointly created a free study guide to bridge the gap between reproductive health and domestic violence; two fields that work for the benefit of communities from different perspectives.

This toolkit provides reliable, objective information for women and individuals working in communities on issues of domestic violence and reproductive health, and offers practical solutions designed to enable women to control their own reproductive health. In the near future, training is planned on this topic at the national level.

  • Domestic Violence and HIV / AIDS

Domestic violence increases the risk of contracting HIV / AIDS in women. NCADV collaborates with Ensync Diversified Management Systems, provide free training on this issue to third-party lawyers through family violence programs and HIV / AIDS service agencies so that they can help victims of family violence to access information and resources about HIV. The goal is to strengthen community collaboration, safety planning, and the creation of comprehensive services focused on helping those who have survived HIV.

NCADV Financial Education Project, Hope & Powerconcerns one of the main obstacles faced by victims of domestic violence - financial dependence. One of the most common reasons that victims of domestic violence either remain or return to the abuser is that they fear that they will not be able to provide for themselves and their children financially.

In 2000, NCADV collaborated with the National Fund for Financial Education (NEFE) to develop materials on financial education and to achieve the economic stability of victims of domestic violence.

No opportunity to buy food

In America, working more 200 Food Banksthat feed each year over 25 to millions of Americans. Of these, 9 million are children, and 3 million are elderly. According to statistics in the "fed", as is commonly believed, America 1 of 7 Americans it is full because it eats with the help of food banks.


Food Bank Is a charitable organization that collects food and donates it to those in need. The Food Bank accepts food free of charge and, with the help of volunteers, delivers it to the hungry people.

At the end of 1960, when John van Hengel, a retired businessman from Phoenix, Arizona, volunteered at the local kitchen, he began to ask for food donations for her. In the end, he collected a lot more products than the kitchen could recycle. At about the same time, he talked to one of the clients, who told him that she usually cooks food for her family from the products she selects from the garbage cans of grocery stores. She said that the quality of the products was good, but there must be a place in which unwanted food would be stored and accessible to people who need it.

John van Hengel began to actively collect such products from shops, nearby food farms, local gardens. His efforts led to the creation of St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix, the first national food bank.

In 1975 year St. Mary's A federal grant was given to assist in the development of food banks throughout the country. In September 2008, the name of the organization was officially changed to Feeding america. In August 2009 of the year Columbia Records announced that all deductions from the American collections of the album of Bob Dillan Christams in the Heartwill be donated to Feeding americafor life.

The 2007-2008 years, due to the emerging financial crisis, were very difficult for America, the number of people suffering from hunger increased several times. According to official data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 49 of millions of Americans are faced with this problem, approximately one in six people. In 2015 year Feeding america retained more than 2 billion pounds (about 907 tons) of food (which could simply be thrown away) for starving families.

Feeding america is constantly working to provide as much information as possible to the public in order to keep the public informed about hunger in America. Also Feeding america creates and develops special programs to increase the nutritional value of products. All food banks in America claim to provide only healthy food.

How to become a volunteer can be found on a special Onlinethat is looking for workers for food banks. Extra hands are always needed here: deliver food, fill out people’s questionnaires, enter new names in the database, pack up and distribute food. By the way, this is a good way to practice English.

  • Food banks in different cities of America

Each food bank has its own schedule. Some people work 2 once a week, starting to distribute products from 10-00 in the morning and finish at one in the afternoon. Others are only open at the end of the work week. So, if you are going to go to the food bank, do not be lazy to go to the official website and carefully study the information.

Food bank in Chicago

Food bank in New York

Food bank in San Francisco

Food bank in Los angeles

Food bank in San diego

Food bank in Miami

Help home: support for children with cerebral palsy

Charitable Foundation Orange Penguin (Orange Penguin Foundation) helps families in which children suffer from spinal muscular atrophy and cerebral palsy. These families are outside the United States, namely in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries of the former Soviet Union. The Foundation does not send the collected funds for treatment or rehabilitation, but buys the necessary medical equipment in the United States and sends it to families in need.


Thus, you can track who and what device was sent. It should be noted that all fund volunteers work absolutely free! The fund collects funds for the necessary equipment through the organization of special events to raise funds for the needs of the fund.

Activities have a varied program for both children and adults. These are book sales, jazz evenings, auctions, master classes in drawing and needlework and much more.

Foundation volunteers believe that only together you can change this world for the better and make at least one child happier by creating decent living conditions for him.

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