Charity Foundations That Will Help Pay Bills

by Rebekah Worsham

Various charity foundations and organizations throughout the United States offer help to people in paying bills. These nonprofit organizations often help those in need by paying for necessities such as rent, heating, water and electricity bills and offer referrals to agencies that can provide continuing assistance.

American Red Cross

American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross is perhaps best known for its assistance of those in disaster and emergency situations such as fires and earthquakes. However, local chapters of the American Red Cross also help with utility bills and emergency housing assistance for those who are facing foreclosure or eviction. Services provided by the American Red Cross may vary by location and are based upon individual need. American Red Cross National Headquarters 2025 E Street, NW Washington, DC 20006 202-303 5000 redcross.org

The United Way

Hands helping in partnership.

The United Way is a global nonprofit organization that assists thousands of people in need each day. The United Way offers support and help to the needy in paying for necessities such as food, utilities, housing, child care and much more. The United Way also works with other charitable organizations to provide ongoing assistance to those who need counseling or long-term care. United Way also assists domestic violence victims. United Way Worldwide 701 North Fairfax St. Alexandria, Virginia 22314 703- 836 -7112 unitedway.org

The Salvation Army

Mother and son donating clothing.

Perhaps most famous for its yearly Christmas drive, the Salvation Army also offers assistance to needy people year round. The Salvation Army helps those with nowhere else to turn and assists with paying heating bills, electricity, water and other utility bills. The Salvation Army also has programs that offer food and shelter assistance, as well as adult day-care service centers for working families who are caring for elderly family members. Working parents can also obtain Salvation Army child care vouchers that are designed to help offset the cost of child care. The Salvation Army National Headquarters 615 Slaters Lane P.O. Box 269 Alexandria, VA 22313 800-728-7825 salvationarmyusa.org

The Access Project

Stack of medical bills and receipts.

Founded in 1998, The Access Project (TAP) is a nonprofit organization that helps people pay mounting medical bills. According to its website, The Access Project's goal is to improve health care, strengthen community action, and help promote social change for those who are struggling and in need of assistance. The Access Project's Medical Debt Resolution Program offers financial help to those who are in need of help with paying for medical bills and related debt. The Access Project also provides advocates who work with insurers, medical providers, and public assistance programs to help reduce and resolve debt caused by medical needs. The Access Project 30 Winter Street, 7th Floor Boston, MA 02108 617- 654-9911 accessproject.org

About the Author

Rebekah Worsham began writing professionally in 2007 and has been published on eHow. She has expertise in the fields of law, parapsychology and the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. She holds a degrees in law from Beckfield College.

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