Islets of Hope assistance programs for persons with diabetes

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Important Disclaimer

We have provided this information for general information purposes only.  It is not intended to be a recommendation or endorsement of any program or entity.

Private, Charitable & Local Diabetes Financial & Family Assistance Programs
- State-by-state guide to local resources for diabetes assistance programs, food banks, financial and medical assistance programs, etc.

Local Resources

Finally, for help in financing some of the many expenses related to diabetes, you may also want to seek out available local resources, such as the following charitable groups:

  • Lions Clubs International, which can help with vision care
  • Rotary Clubs, which provide humanitarian and educational assistance
  • Elks Clubs, which provide charitable activities that benefit youth and veterans
  • Shriners, which offer need-based treatment for children at Shriners hospitals throughout the country
  • Kiwanis Clubs, which conduct fund-raising events and projects to help the community and especially children
  • Religious organizations

In many areas, nonprofit or special interest groups such as those listed above can sometimes provide financial assistance or help with fund-raising. In addition, some local governments may have special trusts set up to help people in need. You can find out more about such groups at your local library or your local city or county government's health and human services office.

You can also view our state listing of local assistance programs and resources.

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NeedyMeds Free Patient Resource for Rx Assistance - A free, nonprofit, patient assistance website to help you find ways to cut your drug costs.

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Financial & Assistance Programs for Persons with Diabetes

Medical Supplies, Assistive Devices, and Medical Services Assistance Programs

Hock's offers 30-50% discounted prices on diabetes supplies.  We cannot specifically recommend or endorse any company but we have been listing Hock's in our resource directory for over a year as one of the two cheapest online companies to purchase from.  We recently affiliated with Hock's because our own experience with them has been so positive.  If you do place an order through our site, they will contribute financially towards our cause and you will get reasonable prices for diabetes supplies.

Eyeglasses and Eye Care

Eye Care America - People eligible for a referral through the program receive a comprehensive, medical eye exam and up to one year of treatment—at no out-of-pocket cost—for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam. Volunteer ophthalmologists accept Medicare and/or other insurance reimbursement as payment in full. 1-800-222-EYES (3937).

Lions Club International - A number of organizations collect used prescription eyeglasses and distribute them to those who cannot afford corrective glasses. The current major service project of Lions Clubs International, a community service organization, is the SightFirst program. Many Clubs collect used eyeglasses that can be distributed to people in need. Collection sites are often located in shopping centers, public libraries, and optical shops. Contact your local Lions Club for more information.  Phone: (630) 571-5466 x393.

Knights Templar Eye Foundation - Financial assistance for eye surgery for those who cannot pay on their own. Applicants may or may not already be receiving other assistance.  1000 East State Parkway, Suite I, Schaumburg, IL 60173.  Phone:  847-490-3838.

Mission Cataract USA - Volunteer Eye Surgeons' Association, providing free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no other means to pay. Surgeries are scheduled annually on one day, usually in May.  Phone: 1-800-343-7265.

Neighbor For Neighbor - 1506 E. 46th St. N., Tulsa, OK 74126.  Phone:  918-425-5578, FAX:  918-425-6935, Clinic:  918-425-5595.  Services:  Food, clothing, household items, free dental clinic, civil legal services, employment assistance, free medical clinic, eye clinic (exams, glasses, fee for lenses), prescription assistance

New Eyes for the Needy, Inc. is a nonprofit, nonsectarian volunteer organization whose mission is to help provide better vision to poor people around the world. For more information on how to make your tax-deductible donation, write New Eyes for the Needy, 549 Millburn Avenue, Short Hills, NJ, or call (201) 376-4903.

Sight for Students - A VSP charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children. Operates nationally through a network of community partners who identify children in need and VSP network doctors who provide the eyecare services. Call 1-800-877-7195 Monday - Friday 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Pacific Time to speak with Member Services.

Vision USA - Providing basic eye health and vision care services free of charge to the many uninsured low-income people and their families who have no other means of obtaining care. Apply on line, mail or by phone. 1-800-766-4466, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., CST

Hearing Aids

Hear Now - The Hear Now program provides donated hearing aids to individuals who cannot afford to buy a hearing aid. Hear Now affiliates across the country prescribe and fit hearing aids for free. Can call 1-800-648-HEAR for more information, or check the Web at . Donated hearing aids may be sent (in a padded envelope) to Hear Now, 9745 E. Hamden Avenue, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80231. To receive a donation receipt for tax purposes, include your return address.

Therapeutic Shoes

Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Program – A program under Medicare offering free foot-care for diabetics.  The coverage includes a specialized shoe program to help prevent complications for people with diabetes and those with foot problems.  Under the program patients are entitled to (annually) one pair of customized shoes, two sets of inserts, and a fitting by a podiatrist or shoe specialist.  Patients can order molded or a depth shoe.

Prosthetic Care

The following organizations provide financial assistance for people who need prosthetic care and rehabilitation.

Amputee Coalition of America - 900 East Hill Avenue, Suite 285, Knoxville, TN 37915–2568.  Phone: 1–888–AMP–KNOW (267–5669).

  • Easter Seals - 230 West Monroe Street, Suite 1800, Chicago, IL 60606.  Phone: 1–800–221–6827, Fax: 312–726–1494.

  • Prosthetics for Diabetics Foundation - 323 Reed Way, Monroe, GA 30655.  Phone: 770–267–0019, Fax: 770–395–7487.

    You or your doctor can order a free filament to check feet for nerve damage. The filament (with instructions for use) is available by calling the Bureau of Primary Health Care's Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention Program (LEAP) at (888) ASK-HRSA (275-4772) or by visiting on the Internet.

    Wheel chairs and mobile assistance devices

    Chariots of Hope - Collects used wheelchairs which are repaired and given free to those in need.

    Easter Seals - Offers free wheelchairs and other medical related equipment, like walkers, commodes, bathtub rails, bathtub chairs, crutches, transfer benches, electric wheelchairs and scooters, on a short- or long-term basis.   Some programs require a fully-refundable deposit.


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