Salvation Army offer Gas Vouchers and Transportation Assistance
By: Patricia K., Published: Jan 23, 2020 | Related: Gas Vouchers, Family Assistance
Emergency situations can happen at the worst times. You end up low on money and aren’t sure of when you will be able to fill up your tank again. Not only have that, the gas prices in your area often cost a day’s paid just to fill up your tank! If you need money for gas, The Salvation Army may be able to provide you with a gas voucher. Gas vouchers are given out on a priority basis, so you will want to apply for one as soon as you know you are going to need help. Talk to your local Salvation Army chapter to see if they have them available. Unfortunately, not all centers have them and if they do, they will go fast. They can also tell you what type of paperwork you will need to bring to apply.
You can apply for additional help from The Salvation Army, as well. Some can provide low-income individuals and families with the actual cash they need to fix their car. However, this assistance is not easy to receive, as funds are very limited. You may be able to score some free bus passes or vouchers instead, especially when you live in an area that has active bus lines.
The Salvation Army does not discriminate according to race, sex, background, or religious affiliation. They help both families and individuals who are in need. However, it is important to note that they do provide assistance to those who need the help the most. It isn’t a first-come, first-served basis. Senior citizens and people who have been displaced by a natural disaster or fire will receive help first. But you should always ask for help if you need it, regardless of your current situation. Many centers can even provide you with different types of counseling if need be, as well as long-term case management.
Gas vouchers are also given out to those who are trying to get to an urgent or necessary medical appointment. They are also provided to someone who needs to get to work or school. Unfortunately, since they are in great demand but are also limited, not everyone who fills out the form for one will receive it. Also, they are always given out on a one-time basis. If you do receive one, you usually won’t get another. This is often true for bus passes, as well. But The Salvation Army can provide bus vouchers more than once if there is an emergency situation for the person or family, such as a close death in the family in another state or area.
A caseworker will be assigned to your case who will help you fill out the necessary forms for assistance. You will need to provide current pay stubs, unemployment checks, household expenses, child care expenses, and more when you apply for assistance. If you are applying for gas vouchers, a program known as The Emergency Family Services provides these vouchers to The Salvation Army.
Not everyone receives the help they are asking for when they turn to The Salvation Army. But many times there are other programs available to families and individuals who fall under the low-income guidelines. If the center cannot help you, ask if they can point you in the direction of a program that could. You can call up your local social services office or county welfare office to ask after programs that could help you get out from under your financial stress. If you need a ride to one of your appointments, these centers can often arrange that for you. There are many local organizations that provide volunteer drivers that will pick up an individual or family and drive them to assistance centers, as well as to work, school, or doctor appointments.
These programs are there to help out people in need, so don’t be afraid to ask for help! You can even locate these programs on your own by searching online. Type in “free bus passes”, “free gas vouchers”, “help with bills” and other like phrases into your search engine along with your geographical area. You may be pleasantly shocked to find out just how much help is actually out there when you take the time to look for it!