In the United States, 35 percent of children under the age of 18 live in single parent families, according to 2013 data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Center. And according to the National Women’s Law Center’s 2014 report, single mothers are nearly five times more likely to live in poverty than married couple families. These staggering statistics speak to the massive need for support and resources for single parents in the U.S. Responding to this call, many private individuals and companies have started charitable foundations whose aim is to provide support of some kind to single parents and their children. While they vary in vision and type of support, they all have a goal of ensuring that single parent families are able to thrive both financially and emotionally. The following are three great examples organisations doing this type of work.
The Karen and Charles Phillips Charitable Organization
The Phillips Charitable Organization (PCO) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides timely financial assistance and opportunities for single parents, wounded veterans, and disadvantaged students with interests in engineering. With no paid staff or administrative overhead, all donations the PCO go directly to the organization’s beneficiaries. Over 100 grants have been given in the past two years, primarily to single parent families who require additional assassinate due to financial difficulties. This focus comes from a personal interest of the PCO board members, many of whom grew up in single family households. The hope is that parents who receive a grant are able to spend more time focusing on raising their children in a healthy, stress-free environment. Interested recipients can fill out a simple application on the charity’s website.
Universal Love Foundation
The Universal Love Foundation (ULF) equips single parent families with the tools to thrive independently. This is done by providing temporary assistance to disadvantaged, working, single parent families on a case-by-case basis. Assistance includes medical treatment, job training, counseling, and other social services, filling the gap where these families may not qualify for government assistance. The hope is that through these programs, beneficiaries will become self-sufficient and lead productive lives. Specific programs include scholarships for parents looking to acquire education or job skills, the Parent of Distinction Awards, disaster relief assistance, and a singe parent essay contest. Specific programs can be applied for on the ULF’s website.
Single Parent Foundation
The Single Parent Foundation was established to assist low-income, single parent families with once-off emergency services. These services are provided to help assistant those for whom a small setback might means devastating consequences for his or her family. Services include emergency car repair, daycare services, and similar expenses. This assistance ensures that families are able to bring stability into their home and get back on their feet with less difficulty. With the help of the Single Parent Foundation, 10 families are supported each month.