If you are within a certain income and need help paying your heating bills, or need money to make your house more energy efficient, or need funds for urgent repairs, call your local Community Action Agency. There are about 1,000 of them around the country to help neighborhoods. They will also come out and check if your home or apartment needs to be more energy efficient. To find an agency near you, contact National Association of Community Action Agencies, 1100 17th St., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; 202-265-7546; Fax: 202-265-8850. Also, your local utility can provide you with or refer you to other programs in your area to analyze your energy usage, recommend energy saving measures, provide fuel and utility assistance to retain or restore service, establish payment discounts based on income and usage, or establish affordable payment plans if you are in arrears. Contact your local utility company to take advantage of these services.
Find out how high school students can get $1,000 toward college through the Presidential Freedom Scholarship for outstanding service to the community. All they need to do is volunteer 100 hours of their time within a one year period. To apply, contact Presidential Freedom Scholarships, 1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036; 866-291-7700; Continue reading
Rural Housing Repair and Rehabilitation Grants are funded directly by the Government. A grant is available to a homeowner who is 62 years of age or older. Funds may only be used for repairs or improvements to remove health and safety hazards, or to complete repairs to make the dwelling accessible for household members with disabilities. The amount of the grant is based on the applicant’s ability to repay and may be used in conjunction with the Repair and Rehabilitation Loan. The lifetime maximum grant amount is $7,500. Contact Mike, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service, 1110 Amos Rd. Suite A, Shelbyville, IN 46176; 317-392-1394 Ext. 4. For more information on Rural Housing Programs, contact Single Family Housing, Rural Housing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250; 202-720-1474
Want to find out the latest information on your health condition? All you need to do is pick up the phone or go online to get the most up-to-date information from the government’s team of health professionals. Several great starting places to learn more include: National Health Information Center, P.O. Box 1133, Washington, DC 20013; 800-336-4797; National Women’s Health Information Center, U.S. Public Health Service, Office of Women’s Health, 1600 Clifton Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30333; 800-944-WOMEN; National Institutes of Health, Office of Communications, Building 1, Room 344, 1 Center Dr., MCS 0188, Bethesda, MD 20892; 301-496-4000.
Link Up and Lifeline are two government programs that offer up to $84 a year in discounts on your monthly bill. Ask your phone company about them or contact your state utility commissioner. For more information on how to save money on your phone bill, contact your telephone company, your state regulatory agency, and/or the Federal Communications Commission (445 12th St., SW, Washington, DC 20554; 888-CALL-FCC
Let the government locate and pay for a skilled intern for your company! Through the Middle East Partnership Initiative, the government is providing talented young women from the Middle East with unique opportunities to learn management and business skills while working in the dynamic and productive U.S. business environment. With $14 million in funding available, this program handles the recruitment of management and entry-level professional interns, and covers the costs for travel, lodging, health insurance, and a stipend for a 3-6 month internship. To find out how your company can benefit from this program, contact U.S. Department of State, Harry S. Truman Building, NEA/PI, 2201 C Street, NW Rm. 5253A, Washington, DC 20520
Don’t spend a fortune on a lawyer in your attempt to become a non-profit. Take advantage of free government help available through the Internal Revenue Service. You can fill out the forms to the best of your ability, and then you can call them with your list of questions. For more information contact Exempt Organizations Technical Division, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Treasury, 1111 Constitution Ave., NW, Room 6411, Washington, DC 20224; 202-283-2300; 877-829-5500 (toll-free)