Vermont Family Network’s Medically Necessary Supplemental Fund is available to families with an unmet need related to their child’s diagnosis. The income eligibility is generous at 500% of Federal Poverty Level. Apply for up to $1,000 to offset your child’s medically necessary unmet needs. This could include medications, hospital bills, co-pays, therapies, equipment, etc. As the Social Workers at VT Dept of Health are busy with contact tracing, please contact joanne.wechsler@vtfn.org or Betty.Morse@vermont.gov for more information or to apply.

Additional resources that might be helpful:

Vermont Center for Independent Living RISE fund (Resilience and Independence in State of Emergency) was created to help people with disabilities remain as independent as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since everyone’s situation is unique, the program was designed to be broad and flexible.

NORD Covid-19 Critical Relief Program and Rare Caregiver Respite Program. These programs provide medication, financial assistance with insurance premiums and co-pays, diagnostic testing assistance, and travel assistance for clinical trials or consultation with disease specialists. Contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) for more information and an application.

Laughing at My Nightmare Covid-19 Resource Relief program to provide financial assistance ($100 Visa Gift Card) in 2021. The program is to help alleviate the burden of coronavirus-related quarantines and social distancing practices.

Every Life Foundation for Rare Diseases is offering a College Scholarship Program. This opportunity is for young adults over the age of 17 and awards up to $5,000 towards education. Applications for Fall Semester will open April 1st-May 7th, 2021.

Vermont Legal Aid Coronavirus Legal and Benefits programs for Vermonters. Learn about food and utilities assistance, tenant rights, housing programs and more.

For families in the Burlington area. YouthBuild is in action this winter, despite Covid. They have a woodshop full of tools and offer Service Fridays where, as Americorp members, they look for service projects they can help with. This could include building ramps, other access needs or fixing parts of homes for those in need. Their Jobsite Instructor comes with 30 years in construction and can lead a crew doing most any kind of repair on a home or building.