Resources in Sweet Releaf

Financial Agencies


This non-profit, nonpartisan membership organization ($12.50 per year) provides advocacy for concerns of 50+ year olds, free publications and information, and other services.

Accountants for the Public Interest

API connects individuals who need, but cannot afford, professional accounting services with volunteer accountants.

American Foundation for AIDS Research

amfAR is dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy.

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts provides extensive arts industry research, and information and professional development opportunities teaching artists.

Angel Food Ministries

Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing affordable, high quality food to those in need. Angel Food Ministries coordinates with local organizations to provide a monthly baskets of food at greatly reduced rates.

Artists in the Workforce

This document is a profile of the American arts community based on both census reports and the American Community Survey (ACS) from 1990 through 2005. Information includes demographics, employment and income, and residency.

Arts Education Partnership

Arts Education Partnership promotes the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every child and in the improvement of America's schools.

Arts In Education Fact Sheet

Benefits CheckUp

This is an online screening site where you can find information about federal, state, local and private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health, and a variety of other basic needs.

Creative Educational Systems

This site is an excellent source for curriculum and activity resources.

Dana Foundation

Dana Foundation is dedicated to the support of activities and publication in education and arts. provides comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits for disabled individuals and their families. The site includes material on employment, housing, education, transportation, health, benefits, civil rights, community life and technology. A state & local resource locator is also provided.

Federal Trade Commission Knowledge Center

The Knowledge Center provides links to articles from the FTC about all kinds of financial issues, including credit and loan scams, understanding and improving personal credit, and protecting yourself from bad loans and identity theft. provides information on public benefits by state. It is also has an online screening questionnaire that determines the benefits for which the user may be eligible.

Artist Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) of The Actors Fund

AHIRC offers counseling in person, by phone and through e-mail to help people find affordable health insurance and quality medical care. Counselors can also direct people to financial aid resources, medical bill negotiation, payment assistance and legal services.

How Do I Help Someone Else?

This site encourages those concerned about a friend's or family member's substance abuse to be active, get involved, and to not be afraid to talk about the problem honestly and openly.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

IAVA addresses critical issues facing new veterans and their families, including mental health injuries, a stretched VA system, inadequate health care for female veterans, and GI Bill educational benefits. IAVA also provides valuable resources and empowers veterans to connect with one another, fostering a strong and lasting community.

Studio Protector: The Artist's Guide to Emergencies

The Studio Protector is an information toolkit to help artists be disaster ready and disaster resilient. It is a self-help resource, geared for artists at all career levels, and includes information for before, during and after emergencies to protect, salvage and recover artwork and work spaces.


Medicare is a federally funded program that provides medical and prescription coverage for seniors and the disabled.

MFY Legal Services, Inc

MFY Legal Services, Inc. provides free legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers on a wide range of civil legal issues including housing eviction prevention, public benefits and entitlements, mental health and consumer issues.

Microsoft Office Tutorial

The Online Microsoft Office tutorial programs allows you to practice and increase you skills and knowledge in the multiple applications of Microsoft Office Suite

Motion Picture Production and Distribution

An analysis of the nature, conditions, employment and earnings, training, outlook in the industry over the past decades.

National Art Education Association (NAEA)

National Art Education Association promotes art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities is an online guide to learning disabilities, early literacy and learning resources, as well as support center for adolescents and adults with learning disabilities. Their Parent Center provides tips, techniques and strategies for parents of children with learning disabilities. Their website also includes a resource locator, which can help you find resources such as testing, private schools, tutoring, financial aid, counseling, recreation and more. Online publications, bookstore, guides and educational material for children are also available.

National Dissemination Center for Children

NICHCY is a resource site providing information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth, IDEA (law authorizing special education), No Child Left Behind (relating to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices. You can search for information through their organization, conference and publication databases, and resource library. Resources organized by state are also provided.

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Research on Artist Unemployment Rates

Unemployment rates are up among working artists and the artist workforce has contracted, according to new research from the National Endowment for the Arts.

National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts

National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts is the national service for a diverse constituency of non-profit organizations providing arts education in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

National Hunger Hotline: 1-866-3-HUNGRY      

The Hotline connects individuals in need to emergency food in their community, government assistance programs, and various social services.

New Eyes for the Needy

New Eyes for the Needy purchases new prescription eyeglasses for eligible low-income people through a voucher program. This site explains the program and how to apply, and indentifies national programs that provide free eye exams.

NYFA Source

NYFA Source is a comprehensive database of awards, services, and publications for artists in all disciplines. NYFA also provides information concerning disaster resources and relief.

Out of Sync & Focus - A Report on the Film and Television Industry

The current initiative has focused primarily on the greater inclusion of racial minorities in the broadcast network television industry. Although the accurate depiction of minorities in front of the camera continued to be a critical consideration, the impetus behind the current initiative was the belief that once integration took place behind the camera in executive and decision-making positions, the proper portrayal of the American public would naturally evolve.

POZ: Health, Life & HIV

POZ magazine chronicles the HIV epidemic, both in the United States and overseas.

Rethinking Drinking

This site offers valuable, research-based information to help anyone who drinks reflect on their drinking habits and how their health may be affected. The Rethinking Drinking website was produced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a part of the National Institutes of Health.

SAG - The Employment of Performers with Disabilities

There are approximately 54 million Americans with disabilities, and yet they remain virtually invisible in the media. In this report, individual with disabilities described their experiences and views about getting an audition, disclosing their disability and need for accommodation to an employer, treatment in the workplace, and perceived barriers to employment.

Sibling Support Project

The Sibling Support Project is a national effort addressing the concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns. They conduct sibshops internationally, which recognize that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, but is not so for everyone. These group meetings contain recreational and informative activities as well as discussions that are relaxed and supportive. Silbing Support Project also has adult sib groups, and SibNet and SibKids, online listservs for adults and children that are welcoming and instructive.

Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration is a federal agency that administers benefits to retired and disabled individuals, to spouses of living benificiaries, and to child and spousal survivors of deceased individuals eligible for Social Security benefits. (benefits for people with disabilities)

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs provide assistance to people with disabilities. Provided by the Social Security Administration, this page incorporates details about their programs, a Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool and applications for social security benefits for adults and children with disabilities.

State Tax Incentives for Film Production

This document lists state by state descriptions of available tax redemptions and cuts backs.

Recovery Connection Treatment Locator

Recovery Connection provides drug addiction treatment options, help on substance abuse and entering a drug rehab program. Provided by Recovery Connection, this page offers data about addiction, treatment, as well as help finding a drug rehab. Recovery Connection gives you an overview of each state's drug and alcohol problem compiled from a variety of federal and state government sources.

Survivorship A - Z

Survivorship A - Z offers practical, financial and legal information to people diagnosed with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other life-changing conditions. The site summarizes government benefits and forms of insurance coverage, lists a step-by-step guide to managing finances, offers assistance in making employment decisions during treatment and illness, and guidelines for managing treatment, medications and pain.

Teaching Artist Journal (TAJ)

Teaching Artist Journal provides an ongoing professional development resource to clarify, enrich, and advance teaching artist research and practice.

The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone - on stage and those behind the scenes - who works in entertainment and performing arts. As a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition, The Actors Fund provides comprehensive social services including counseling, crisis intervention and connections to local resources for personal, family or work related problems as well as emergency financial assistance for basic living necessities.

The Actors Fund Chemical Dependency Services Program

The Chemical Dependency Services program helps entertainment professionals and their families when there is a problem with drug and alcohol abuse or addiction. Social workers can organize interventions, make referrals to treatment, help coordinate care with treatment programs, and negotiate on the client's behalf with insurance and managed care companies.

The Actors Fund Disabled Care Program

The Disabled Care Program provides supportive services for entertainment professionals and their families who are coping with a short- or long-term illness or disability. Social workers help develop personalized plans, and information and advocacy is available to help negotiate medical bills, coordinate public or private benefits, arrange for home care and facilitate referrals to community resources.

The Actors Fund Financial Wellness

The Financial Wellness program offers individual, couples and group services which promote healthy financial self-care for those addressing the role of money in their lives. The Program helps people identify strategies for solvent living, reducing or eliminating debt, and build stable financial future.

The Actors Fund HIV/AIDS Initiative

The HIV/AIDS Initiative works with men and women in the entertainment industry to create confidential, holistic plans and support systems that will meet each person's emotional, medical and financial needs over the long term. Experienced social workers provide case management, advocacy, crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, financial assistance, financial management skills development, and referrals to community resources.

The Actors Fund Senior Care Program

The Senior Care Program helps entertainment industry professionals who are 65 years or older and their families and caregivers to address a myriad of issues they may face on a daily basis. Services include assessment, advocacy, access to entitlements or other benefits, financial management and assistance, referral to elder law attorneys and general information and referral.

The AIDS Treatment Data Network

The Network provides treatment access and advocacy, case management, supportive counseling, and information services to people with limited resources living with AIDS and HIV. This website connects clients and providers with national treatment access and advocacy efforts.

The American Veterans' and Servicemembers' Survival Guide

This 599-page online book describes in depth the problems of the veterans and servicemembers (and their families), the benefits and services available, and the issues that will be decided in the next several years. Most important, it helps veterans and servicemembers understand how various agencies work not just in theory but in practice, and how they can cut through the bureaucracy and confusion and get the benefits and services to which they are entitled.

The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource

The Body's mission is to use the Web to lower barriers between patients and clinicians; demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment; improve patients' quality of life; and foster community through human connection.
The Body has compiled over 600 HIV/AIDS-related topics, with extensive research for each.

The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative (PNWHI)

PNWHI was created to address the many concerns women face when dealing with a serious medical condition. PNWHI social workers help women negotiate the steps that follow a serious medical diagnosis. Through intensive case management, access to individual counseling, support groups, educational seminars, linkage to community supports and short-term financial assistance, the social workers help women receive the nurturing support that they need.

Workers Compensation

The Workers' Compensation website provides information for employees, employers, insurers, and medical providers about workmans' compensation benefits and work-related injuries and illnesses.


ArtsReady helps artists and arts organizations be prepared for the unexpected, and ready to continue business after an emergency. ArtsReady is an initiative of South Arts.

The Actors Fund Mental Health Services Program

The Mental Health Services Program helps entertainment industry professionals and their families to deal with a wide array of issues including work and personal stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions and ongoing supportive services. Social workers provide evaluation and referrals, short term treatment, crisis intervention, advocacy and connections to community treatment resources.

Why Hunger

WhyHunger connects people in need to food programs and services in their community, and supports grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.

Air Charity Network

Air Charity Network provides access for people in need seeking free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to family, community or national crisis. ACN is comprised of independent member organizations identified by specific geographical service areas: Airlift Hope, Angel Flight Central, Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic, Angel Flight Northeast, Angel Flight Southeast, Angel Flight West, Mercy Flight Southeast, and Mercy Medical Airlift.

Mercy Medical Airlift

Mercy Medical Airlift coordinates free airline tickets for missions over 600 miles and negotiates low cost air ambulance service for individuals and families who are in need of this service.

Air Compassion America

Air Compassion America seeks to locate and coordinate bed-to-bed air ambulance services with the overall goal of lowering costs for patients. ACAM assists healthcare workers around the country by providing multiple resource options, including a chartered aircraft equipped as a mobile intensive care unit.

Grace Flight

Grace Flight helps people in need of free air transportation for medical and humanitarian purposes. They operate nationwide either directly or through cooperation with other volunteer pilot organizations. All Grace Flight services are provided free of charge to those in need.

Corporate Angel Network

Corporate Angel Network's mission is to ease the emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden of travel for cancer patients by arranging free flights to treatment centers, using the empty seats on corporate aircraft flying on routine business. Eligibility to participate is open to all cancer patients, bone marrow donors, and bone marrow recipients who are ambulatory and not in need of medical support while traveling. Eligibility is not based on financial need, and patients may travel as often as necessary.

Angel Bus

Angel Bus is dedicated to providing compassionate, non-emergency long-distance ground transportation to patients in need, utilizing motor coaches and their volunteer drivers as well as commercial buses. provides information on how to get help from the federal government before, during and after a disaster. It helps people understand the various forms of assistance available to them and how to apply for aid most efficiently, as well as find information about evacuating, finding shelter, getting food and water, getting medical services, locating loved ones, and recovering and rebuilding.

Federal Disaster Loans for Homeowners, Renters, and Businesses of all Sizes

The U.S. Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery & equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.

Strategic National Arts Alumni Project

SNAAP is an annual online survey, data management, and institutional improvement system designed to enhance the impact of arts-school education. They provide longitudinal reports on BFA/MFA graduates.

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts conducts studies related to the US creative sector and the economic impact of the arts.
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