Get help with paying rent, energy bills, find food, and medical assistance. Various agencies in Mount Vernon and Burlington offer a wide variety of assistance programs to individuals and families in need.
Bread of Life Food Bank (phone 360-873-2504), Neighbors In Need Food Bank (360-424-6311) as well as Alger Food Bank (360-724-5131) provide food and groceries to low income families in the Marblemount, Rockport, and across Skagit County.
Sea Mar Community Health Centers is one organization that provides health care and access to other social services for low to moderate income people. Programs are also available for the uninsured with special emphasis on the Hispanic community, however all patients can get help. 360-428-8912.
A clinic to contact for help with dental bills and services is SeaMar - Burlington Dental. Call them at 360-755-9151.
The local community action agency is arguably the first place to turn to for emergency assistance. They offer low income, the working poor, and others with numerous assistance and aid programs. One of the goals of the non-profit is to help people help themselves. For example, contact them to learn more about.
If you need help, or to learn more, call Skagit County Community Action Agency at (360) 416-7585. Or stop by the main office in Mount Vernon Washington at 330 Pacific Place.
The Salvation Army operates in Skagit County and Mount Vernon Washington. They are a national non-profit, but they do have centers in the region. A number of programs are offered. While financial aid is limited, there may be some occasional funds for paying rent, energy bills, or medications for families facing a crisis. The aid is offered as a “hand up”, and not a charity type resource. Other assistance distributed can include free food, meals, clothing, and referrals to other churches or charities in the Skagit region. Shelter and homeless prevention are also available. Click more information.
Opportunity Council is another non-profit in the region. Skagit County families with children can enroll into Head start. They also fight hunger from Basic Food Outreach, may have loans for paying rent or other bills, and provide employment resources. Other financial and emergency support is offered as well. More Skagit County Opportunity Council.
Communication is also important. Last, but not least, for those low income people who can not afford reliable phone service or to pay for their phone bills, services in the region such as Community Voice Mail provides a free, private voicemail number to help people get connected with jobs, medical appointments, and deal with other emergencies. The Council can provide linkage to this service. Click here to learn more on telephone assistance programs.
Skagit County Volunteers of America - The charity serves all of western Washington. Some examples of services administered include emergency rental assistance as a form of eviction prevention. They also distribute food, provide bus vouchers, dental care, and operate Life Skills workshops, among other services. Read Volunteers of America Western Washington
Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program - This legal aid can also offer help for medical and health care expenses. Counselors will or attorney will help people and patients access health insurance and answer their health care questions. They can help them deal with hospital and medical bills. Learn about medical bill advocates and other options. They can also direct patients to clinics in Mount Vernon and across Skagit County.
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