Our Helping Hands Social Services Program

We are a giving people. We rise to the occasion to assist those in need. We commit to a lifestyle that champions the downtrodden. We, like our Ukrainian ancestors, are deeply rooted with a value system that strives to unify our long-standing community through the gifts of caring, compassion and culture.

Whether senior citizens on fixed incomes, the infirmed who are home-bound, or those from the Ukrainian diaspora who have chosen to begin anew in “the Land of Opportunity,” Our Helping Hands program focuses on enriching the lives of those who, for a myriad of reasons, lack the ability to be self-sufficient in their lives.

While the social services within Our Helping Hands provide the disadvantaged and those who are newly immigrated with essential and tangible support, including medical, and educational assistance, the program also gives something that, in essence, is even more valuable: dignity.

After all, we are all in the business of helping each other.

So we aspire to the adage that individually, we can make a difference. But collectively, we have impact. So let’s impact the future of our growing community—and keep the eternal flame of Ukrainian good-will brightly lit as a shining beacon for all.

What We Do...

We assist people in need in our community, especially seniors, home bound individuals and immigrants. By easing the process of integration, we enable newcomers to participate fully as self-sufficient members of American society. We enhance these services by sponsoring educational seminars that provide the public with information on medical, financial, social and other topics of interest.

SEMINARS

The Ukrainian Federation of America (UFA) offers informational seminars covering areas of Social Services, Humanitarian Aid, Health Care, Education, and Advocacy & Information. These seminars are designed to both inform, educate, and connect Ukrainians and others with UFA resources along the covered topic areas. For information on current seminars CLICK HERE!

ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

  • CAP (Customer Assistance Program) – Electric Bill Assistance

    CAP (Customer Assistance Program) is offered by PECO. It provides discounted rates for electricity for the first 500 kWh used, and is offered to income eligible customers. Additional information may be obtained by visiting PECO’s website at:

    CAP ASSISTANCE or calling CAP directly at 1-800-774-7040, or by contacting our office.


  • LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)

    LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is a fuel grant program and is based on Household income.) There are no age restrictions. Everyone qualifying under income guidelines may apply:

    PECO LIHEAP LINK

    PA LIHEAP LINK

    LIHEAP Crisis program is available to eligible households. It provides emergency assistance when utility service is shut-off or is in danger of a shut-off.

    For additional information please visit Pennsylvania’s Compass website COMPASS LIHEAP LINK or contact our office.


  • WRAP (Water Revenue Assistance Program) – Philadelphia only

    WRAP (Water Revenue Assistance Program) offers help to households for 1 or 2 individuals and who are delinquent in paying their bills.

    For more information and an application, visit Water Revenue Bureau’s website (near bottom of page) WATER REVENUE ASSISTANCE LINK, contact them directly at 215 686-6880, or contact our office.


  • UESF (Utility Emergency Services Fund) – Philadelphia only

    UESF (Utility Emergency Services Fund) is available only in Philadelphia. To prevent utility shut-off this Fund may provide monetary assistance of up to $500.00 for electric, water or gas bills to qualifying residents in Philadelphia.

    To be eligible, individuals and families must:
    • Have a notice of termination or be off service for PECO, PGW or PWD.
    • Be Philadelphia residents.
    • Have not received a UGP grant in the past 24 months.
    • During LIHEAP season, have applied for LIHEAP Cash and Crisis program first, before coming to UESF.
    • Owe an amount that is not in excess of the utility grant. All grants must be applied to the utility account and reach a zero balance. If the amount surpasses the maximum grant allowed, the applicant is responsible for the balance.
    • Be at or below 175% of Federal Poverty Level (to be determined at the time of application).
    Additional information or application please visit UESF website UTILITY EMERGENCY LINK, contact UESF directly at 215-972-5170, or contact our office.


  • PGW CRP – (PGW Customer Responsibility Program)

    PGW CRP Program (Customer Responsibility Program) provides a budget based paying plan with possible discounts for low income households. CRP customers pay a budget amount based on their household size and gross household income.

    For more information and application, please visit PGW’s CRP site PGW CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITY LINK, contact CRP hotline at 215-684-6100, or contact our office.

  • COMMUNITY SERVICES: PCA

    Philadephia Corporation for Aging (PCA)

    Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is a private, non-profit organization serving as Philadelphia county’s Area Agency on Aging since 1973. One of the region’s largest non-profit organizations, PCA’s mission is to improve the quality of life for older Philadelphians or people with disabilities and to assist them in achieving their maximum level of health, independence and productivity. Special consideration is given to those with the greatest social, economic, and health needs.

    PCA carries out this mission through five major functions: planning; advocacy; program development; service coordination and delivery; and the accountable administration of public and private funds to contract with approximately 180 community organizations to deliver social and health care services to more than 100,000 consumers each year.

    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: LOW INCOME

    UFA can help refer individuals to organizations offering help in the areas of Social Services, Humanitarian Aid, Health Care, Education, and Advocacy & Information. The UFA often itself can provide some of the Social Services, Humanitarian Aid, Health Care, Education, and Advocacy & Information using it’s own array of staff, local community members and volunteers.

    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: GOVERNMENT HELP

    UFA can help refer individuals to organizations offering help in the areas of Social Services, Humanitarian Aid, Health Care, Education, and Advocacy & Information. The UFA often itself can provide some of the Social Services, Humanitarian Aid, Health Care, Education, and Advocacy & Information using it’s own array of staff, local community members and volunteers.

    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: SENIORS

    UFA can help refer individuals to organizations offering help in the areas of Social Services, Humanitarian Aid, Health Care, Education, and Advocacy & Information. The UFA often itself can provide some of the Social Services, Humanitarian Aid, Health Care, Education, and Advocacy & Information using it’s own array of staff, local community members and volunteers.

    REFERENCES

    UFA can help refer individuals to organizations offering help in the areas of Social Services, Humanitarian Aid, Health Care, Education, and Advocacy & Information. The UFA often itself can provide some of the Social Services, Humanitarian Aid, Health Care, Education, and Advocacy & Information using it’s own array of staff, local community members and volunteers.