|Union Labor Health Foundation's Angel Fund provides small grants to meet immediate health needs of individuals.
The Angel Fund is designed to provide rapid help for defined medical and healthcare related needs for people residing within Humboldt County. Funds are generally granted on a one time basis per person per 365 day period. Items that are of a recurrent nature are generally not funded. Items that have other identifiable sources of funding, either from insurance, government organizations or other charitable organizations, will not be funded. The Fund serves the needs of both children and adults.
The ULHF Board considers those members of the community advocating for local families to be the "Angels."
Applications must be made through a qualified sponsor, such as a recognized social service agency, school counselor, or medical provider. The sponsor will help to administer the funds which are granted. Funds are not provided directly to the applicant, with the exception of medical travel grants. Checks cannot be made payable to the 'Angel' or his/her organization/business.
Decisions about grant requests are contingent upon funding criteria and the availability of funds at the time of review. Occasionally the committee will ask for additional information before making a decision. Please review the guidelines prior to submitting a request and make sure that all questions are answered fully.
Grants in excess of $500 are seldom approved and most grants fall within the range of $25-250. Depending on the type of request, it may be more appropriate to apply for a Community Health Grant or a grant through Humboldt Area Foundation.
Please indicate the medical condition of the person in need and identify if they are able to pay a portion of the cost of the requested item(s) or service. If funds are being requested to cover the cost of more than one item, please include an itemized list that includes costs and identify if a price comparison has been done. Please identify whether or not additional sources have been sought. If the person in need is a cancer survivor, please indicate if they are in contact with the American Cancer Society and if ACS is providing financial assistance. For children with medical needs, please indicate if the California Children's Services is involved.
There is generally a two week turn-around time on application review and check processing. The Angel Fund Committee reviews applications each Wednesday evening, with the exception of holidays. All applications must be complete and submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Please try to avoid last minute requests when at all possible to provide time for the processing of the application. Please contact Program Coordinator, Lynn Langdon at (707) 442-2417 with questions about the fund or application process.
Regularly Funded (List is not prioritized. Fund budget and urgency of medical needs are considered first):
- Medically related examinations, procedures and equipment
- Eye exams and eyeglasses ($130 maximum, requires a copy of the perscription if exam has been completed)
- Medically related travel ($200 maximum) (non-emergency requires a form completed by a physician)
- Prescriptions (emergency, short-term)
- Items to improve accessibility/independence for disabled or elderly individuals
- Orthopedic needs ($180 maximum)
- Compression stockings ($160 maximum)
- Dental procedures for youth through age 19 (Apply through the Children’s Dental Angel Fund, does not include orthodontia or cosmetic dental work)
Occasionally Funded Under Special Circumstances:
- Local bus tickets (for transportation to medical appointments)
- Wheelchair accessibility items
- Pool therapy
- Therapy equipment
- Minor home repairs (if related to a medical, safety, accessibility or independence need)
- Camps for kids with special needs, when other sources of funding (i.e. scholarships) have been researched and are not avavailable
- Psychological counseling/evaluation, only on an emergency basis and with a long term managemnet plan
- Children's bike helmets (distributed through the Eureka Police Department)
The following items have historically not been funded:
- Adult dental care
- Hearing aids
- Lift chair
- Care providers
- Weight loss programs
- CPAP machines
- Counseling (long term)
- Burial/cremation/funeral expenses
- Tattoo removal
- Cell phone
- Vision therapy
- Rent/deposits/utility bills
- Car payments/vehicle maintenance
- Birth certificates
- Green cards
- Driver's license
- Driver ed courses
- Waste removal
- Smoke alarms
- Wood for stove
- Baby items
- Child care
- Parenting classes
- Woodstove barriers/fireplace gates
- Summer camp
- Dog training
The Angel Fund
Union Labor Health Foundation
363 Indianola Road, Bayside, CA 95524
(707) 442-2417 (fax) 442-2382