Mission statement: Making a difference in the lives of our neighbors through financial generosity and volunteer commitment.
Objective: Community assistance to cover non-medical living expenses for Lea County residents fighting all forms of cancer.
United Way of Lea County
Assistance referrals can be initiated by anyone.
However, all underage referrals, if the initial call comes from someone other than the parents or guardians, we ask that the parents or guardians be encouraged to call directly on behalf of their own child. In all cases, the child's own physician is contacted to affirm the medical appropriateness of the referral.
Anyone who have been diagnosed by their physician as having any type of cancer that requires treatment that if not received can become life-threatening, there is no age limitation for referrals. More detailed guidelines on eligibility are provided to medical professionals on request. Light of Lea County makes grants regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic status.
Yes, a cancer patient who has received a grant from another organization is eligible for a grant from the Light of Lea County.
No. No economic background is needed to be eligible for a grant.
There are several reasons why a family might hesitate to call us. A family might feel, embarrassed for example, that they could make a referral for their family themselves.
Research has found, however, that families cannot find the psychological and financial resources to carry out complex plans when day-to-day life requires so much from them. We are very mindful that referral will be done by non-family members, but we stress that the referrer alert the family of the process.