T&E Care Programs T&E Care runs two basic types of programs - those that handle immediate problems, and those that attempt to help a family have a more successful future. Many of these programs are listed below. While many programs overlap in both categories, our basic breakdown includes:
Programs that Address Today's Needs Today Home And Heath Program (including housing assistance, utilities, food, and housewares/furniture) Kids Clothing Grab Bag School Lunch Program Transportation Assistance Program Holiday Gifts and Special Meals Program
Programs that Invest Today For A Better Tomorrow College Assistance Program Summer Camp Program School Supplies Program Computers for students Resume/Job Interview Preparation Budgeting Assistance
HOME AND HEARTH PROGRAM
T&E Care gives assistance to local families who are struggling with emergency situations related to rent or mortgage payments, and/or utility payments. They may face eviction or foreclosure. They may have a water or electric shut off notice. They may have no oil to heat the house. Due to a temporary situation, they may just be unable to pay for one month of bills and don't want to face late charges. It is hard to imagine the stress a family must face when they know that at any minute they may be forced out of their home or they will not wake up to and light or heat. We analyze each situation as it is presented to us, and determine how much assistance we can offer. Our goal is to keep a family safe and warm, and avoid a situation that starts a negative economic slide for the family. If you would like to make a donation to this program, or know of a family who could use support from this program, please don't hesistate to contact us.
COLLEGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM(CAP)
T&E Care recognizes the fact that college tuitions are rising faster than any other expenses, while at the same time government financial assistance programs are low on funds. We believe that if students are working hard in high school (and continue to work hard in college), but their family struggles to cover the cost of rent and food, let alone college tuition, then we should try to help. This is clearly a very expensive program to run, but the benefits can be enormous. Besides helping with some tuition costs, assistance can be given for the cost of books, a new laptop, and other college related fees and costs.
In early October, 2008, T&E Care launched a program to help T/E School District students have some extra funds to help cover lunches and/or breakfasts at school. This program is designed to help families who make JUST too much so they don't qualify for the free and reduced meal program. The income levels to qualify for the free and reduced program , a federally funded program, are incredibly low. For example, for the 09/10 school year, to qualify for a free lunch - a family of 4 cannot make more than $28,665/year. $28,665 a year? Who can live on that kind of income level? Of course they can't afford lunch for their 2 kids! They do qualify for a reduced lunch if that same family makes up to $40,793. But what happens if they make $41,000? They pay full price. That's the problem. The cost of lunch at CHS jumps from the reduced price of 40¢/meal to $3.00 for the basic lunch. That's a BIG jump in lunch prices as compared to a very SMALL difference in income.
Our program will help put extra money into each qualifying child's meal account each month. We are guaranteeing a minimum of $20/month/child to start the program, but we've often been funding this at around $30/month/child. What a great response we've heard from the families we support - their kids can eat lunches without it depleting the family's extra money.
If you would like to make a donation to T&E Care's School Meal Assistance Program, please send your donation to: Debbie Weger, Treasurer T&E Care PO Box 2111 Southeastern, PA 19399 Put a note with the donation to ear-mark it for this program.
If you know of a student who might qualify for this assistance, please let us know! Thanks very much for your continued support to help local families in need! Questions? Email us at email@example.com.
Summer Camp Program
Each summer T&E Care helps some local kids attend summer camp by covering their tuition costs. Most kids get to go to soccer camp or Future Stars or art camp for a week or two, and then go on a vacation as well. Fun stuff! But many of the kids in the families we support just sit home day after day throughout the summer - no camp and certainly no vacation. Paying for a week or two of camp is a special treat! We also like to offer help with transportation for some of these kids. The parents work, or they don't even own a car, and even if we pay for the camp - the kids still can't get there. Each year we have a few kids who needed rides - all to local camps - so it didn't take a lot of volunteers. If you could help out in the future as a camp driver - please send a note to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will collect names, and then once we get the schedules for the kids (later in May or early June) we'll try to match up your availability with the required dates. Please note that all drivers need appropriate insurance and will be required to get a criminal background check. These are very easy to get, and we can cover the $10 fee if needed. Thanks! (Information on the steps to get this background check can be found partway down the page at http://www.tecare.org/volunteeringfortecare.html.)
If you would like to make a donation to help fund this special program - donations can be sent to T&E Care, Debbie Weger, PO Box 2111, Southeastern, PA 19399. Paypal donations are also accepted. Also if you know of a camp that might be able to offer a free scholarship, please let us know and we'll make the connection! Many thanks for helping to give some local kids a chance for a special summer!
T&E Care tries to help families who have come to us with a request for assistance. Because we cannot be a regular source of financial help for them, we work with families to get past their current hurdle and become self-sufficient. For some families, that hurdle is simply the need for a reliable car that can get them back and forth to work. For some families, auto maintenance or auto repairs are luxuries that are low on their list of their priorities, especially when food, clothing and paying utilities hold such importance.
There are a few ways you can help with this program. If you have a car to donate, please let us know! If you have a connection with a local auto retailer or repair shop - we are asking for donations any number of services that will help our families maintain an automobile so they can be assured that they will have a reliable way to get back and forth to work to earn a living. Even one donation per business per year would be a HUGE help!
Please contact Bill or Hal at email@example.com to tell us how you can help us out, or if you need assistance from this program.
"Having a computer in college, is like having air to breathe." This is what one student recently stated when given a new laptop for college, through T&E Care's Computers for Kids Program. We provide refurbished computers for kids and parents in the T/E area - so they can do school work, apply for jobs and sometimes even work from home. We provide new laptops for any Conestoga High School students who qualify for our College Assistance Program - so they can increase the odds of having success at college. Clearly in this day and age, having a computer is just about as important as having a pencil and paper in the house.
If you can donate a computer (either desktop or laptop) - please check here for the criteria we need for the unit to be helpful to us. We have a great IT team that will get the computer ready to be handed out again. Thanks to the Foundation for Learning In T/E (FLITE) for their grant to help with the cost of some of the new laptops. Additional finanical donations for this program are always welcome.
If you need a computer - please check here for the qualifications needed.
One other note: interent access is still a challenge for many T&E Care families. If you have any ideas how to help with this problem, we'd welcome a conversation. We know the Comcast Essentials Program has helped a few families (lower cost internet for any families on free/reduced lunch), but there are still many who don't qualify under the Comcast restrictions.
TEXTBOOK SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Part of the CAP Program is a Textbook Scholarship Program. T&E Care works with the counselors at Conestoga High School to identify one or two deserving seniors each spring with a $500 scholarship toward the purchase of textbooks for college. The funds are given directly to the bookstore of choice for the student(s) chosen to receive this award. For a student to qualify, he/she must have need, be motivated in class, and have demonstrated a willingness to give back in the school or local community. The purpose of this scholarship is the same as that of our College Assistance Program - if a student can't buy books for college, the chances are slim that he/she will be successful. It seems like a small price to pay to help insure that success.
Graduating high school students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact their CHS counselor.
Part of our Home and Heath Program involves helping families who need "stuff". From time to time families we support need help getting furniture or other household supplies. Instead of using their hard-earned money to buy a couch or table or dresser, we found that by asking community members if they had an item they'd be willing to donate, the answer was almost always YES! We are not a "Craig's List" for the movement of tons of stuff (that's a job in itself!), but we do help out quite a few local families. We have no storage, so if an offer of "stuff" is made and we have no requests, then we encourage the donor to find a different charity. We have a number of suggestions for those charities on our website. (furniture/household items,baby/kids items, clothing, etc.)
If you need a specific item or have an item to offer, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see if we can make a match!
T&E Care is an IRS recognized non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. The official registration and financial information of Tredyffrin & Easttown Care may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
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