It used to be that single mothers without family support were largely on their own to cover a myriad of costs associated with raising children alone. But that has gradually changed over the years, more so with the advent of the Internet and social media – both of which have opened many doors of opportunity to single mothers looking for grants and other assistance to help ease the financial burden.
While it is well-known that there are scholarships available for moms who want to return to school to better their socio-economic position and other grants that assist with children’s schooling or in covering sky-high utility costs. But there are many other assistance programs that may not be as readily known that can assist with children’s clothing, medical and other healthcare costs, transportation requirements and even for childcare.
One of the best places to start the search for grants and other assistance is with local social services agencies and non-profits that maintain databases of locally-available options. But beyond that, there are national organizations that are ready to help too. Here are 5 great options for seeking financial help that you may not have thought of before:
- Planningfamily.com – This website is a great resource for articles about pregnancy, children and parenting. It also includes valuable coupons that will help mitigate the high costs of groceries – one of the major contributors to household financial problems.
- Goodwill Industries – This charitable organization with global reach accepts donations of automobiles that are then provided to needy families who are being held back by a lack of reliable transportation. Goodwill is also a reputable provider of job training and employment assistance as well as family support services. Go to goodwill.org to find out more.
- Angel Clinics – In most places, children are able to receive at least basic medical care through the government-supported Medicaid program. But that often leaves the single parent out of the loop unless they have insurance through an employer. For single moms, these free, or almost free, clinics can provide much-need help with health conditions that range from the common to the specialized. Many also offer women-specific treatments so that a yeast infection or other ailment does not go untreated.
- Freegasusa.org – Rising gas prices have hit everyone hard and single mothers especially so. The Free Gas USA Inc. non-profit organization aims to bring relief to 90,000 qualified families through a fund drive with a goal of reaching $4.5 million raised.
- The Coalition for the Homeless – Many single mothers spend their days toggling bills to keep the refrigerator stocked, gas tank full, the electricity on and the rent or mortgage paid. When the rent is late and eviction seems eminent, the coalition can help with financial assistance. Go to coalitionforthehomeless.org for more information.