WBEZ | More Help http://www.wbez.org/tags/more-help Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hard Working Recursos en espaƒ±ol http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/08/hard-working-recursos-en-espanol/7400 <p>Los centros de <a href="http://www.illinoisworknet.com/vos_portal/residents/es/Home">Illinois workNet‚ </a> son centros de servicio con personas que tienen una dedicaciƒ³n al apoyar y desarrollar la poblaciƒ³n activa en la comunidad. Estos centros conectan las empresas y a quienes buscan trabajo con los recursos y servicios en Chicago. ‚ <a href="http://chicago.bbb.org/consejos-en-espanol">Better Business Bureau</a> tiene una misiƒ³n "ser la guƒ­a en avanzar la confianza del mercado." El BBB quiere crear una comunidad de negocios confiados. La pagina de Web tiene informaciƒ³n que puede ayudar su empresa. ‚ <a href="http://www.ides.state.il.us/default.asp">El Departamento de la Seguridad de Empleo‚ </a> La pƒ¡gina de Web del IDES tiene servicios como talleres de currƒ­culum vitae y trabajos, recursos en lƒ­nea para desempleo, y tambiƒ©n "subsidio de paro, programas de empleo y de entrenamiento, e informaciƒ³n de la carrera y de mercado de trabajo." ‚ <a href="http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalDeptCategoryAction.do?deptCategoryOID=-536900259&amp;contentType=COC_EDITORIAL&amp;topChannelName=Dept&amp;entityName=Business+Affairs+and+Licensing&amp;deptMainCategoryOID=-536900259">Esta pƒ¡gina tiene dos guƒ­as </a>: Una que tiene los pasos necesarios para aplicar y obtener una licencia de negocios con la ciudad de Chicago. La otra tiene puntos importantes para v los vendedores ambulantes en la ciudad. ‚ El ‚ <a href="http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalContentItemAction.do?contentOID=536892200&amp;contenTypeName=COC_EDITORIAL&amp;topChannelName=Business&amp;blockName=Promo+Item&amp;channelId=-536879030&amp;programId=536879129" target="_blank">Chicago Workforce Center</a> ofrece clases de alfabetizaciƒ³n para adultos en Ingles como un idioma segundo (ESL) en toda la ciudad. Esta pagina de Web es en ingles, y tiene la informaciƒ³n que necesita. Todos estos servicios son gratis para bƒºsquedas de empleos. Algunas de las bibliotecas pƒºblicas de Chicago tienen secciones especiales para estudiantes de ESL. <a href="http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/index.cfm/general/moreInfo/spanish" target="_blank">El Learning Express Library</a><a href="http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/index.cfm/general/moreInfo/spanish"></a> deja los usuarios hacer exƒ¡menes de prƒ¡ctica para el TOEFL y los exƒ¡menes de naturalizaciƒ³n de los Estados Unidos. Alguna de la informaciƒ³n tiene instrucciones para estos exƒ¡menes en espaƒ±ol. Necesita <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/howto/library_card.php" target="_blank">una tarjeta de la biblioteca</a> para usar los recursos en lƒ­nea.‚  Cuando se registre, use el nƒºmero de su tarjeta de la biblioteca como su nombre de usuario. <a href="http://www.literacychicago.org/index.htm" target="_blank">Literacy Chicago</a>, 17 North State St., Suite 900, (312) 870-1100, ofrece programas gratis para adultos que les interesa aprender y mejorar su ingles. Estos programas incluyen clases de alfabetizaciƒ³n para adultos en Ingles como un segundo idioma. Para mƒ¡s informaciƒ³n sobre direcciones y tiempos de clases, llama (312) 870-1100 o envƒ­e un mensaje a <a href="mailto:info@literacychicago.org">info@literacychicago.org</a>. <a href="http://www.literacydirectory.org/" target="_blank">Literacydirectory.org</a> es un directorio de programas de alfabetizaciƒ³n y ESL en los Estados Unidos. Puede elegir su lugar con cƒ³digo postal o con la ciudad y el estado y elegir clases de alfabetizaciƒ³n ypreparaciƒ³n para GED o ESL en su barrio.</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2009 07:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/08/hard-working-recursos-en-espanol/7400 More help with foreclosure prevention http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/08/more-help-with-foreclosure-prevention/7396 <p>From Chicago's <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/special_pages/mayor_-_recovery_and.html">stimulus website</a>: <strong>The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development invite you to a Making Home Affordable Foreclosure Prevention Workshop</strong> When: Friday, August 21 12:00 p.m. -- 8:00 p.m. Where: Sheraton Chicago Hotel &amp; Towers 301 East North Water Street Chicago, IL 60611 Public Transportation Strongly Recommended Nearest L-Train Stop: Grand, on the Red Line ‚· Bus Line: 124 Navy Pier Limited Parking Available. Fee Applies. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from various mortgage lenders and HUD-certified housing counselors Information and assistance on foreclosure prevention options. To better serve you, be sure to bring your income information (including your most recent tax return, pay stubs and bank statements), monthly expenses, and mortgage statement to this event. This FREE event is designed to help homeowners who may be in default or facing imminent default on their monthly mortgage payments. The Making Home Affordable Program was created to help millions of homeowners refinance or modify their mortgage payments to a level that is affordable now as well as in the future.</p> Tue, 18 Aug 2009 13:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/08/more-help-with-foreclosure-prevention/7396 Enfrentando la crisis hipotecaria: Pregunte a un experto http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/08/enfrentando-la-crisis-hipotecaria-pregunte-a-un-experto/7395 <p>Miƒ©rcoles, 19 agosto 2009 6-9 p.m. ‚¿Tiene usted dificultades pagando su hipoteca cada mes o estƒ¡ en riesgo de perder su hogar? ‚¿Es difƒ­cil saber a quien recurrir o en quien confiar cuando solamente tiene un buzƒ³n de voz automƒ¡tico a quien hacerle preguntas? La serie de reportajes y eventos comunitarios, Enfrentando la crisis hipotecaria, estƒ¡ aquƒ­ para ayudar. Participe en un taller gratuito para prevenir el embargo de su hogar. El evento lo traerƒ¡ frente a frente con expertos que le ayudarƒ¡n con todas sus preguntas. Tendrƒ¡ la oportunidad de hablar con representantes de las organizaciones <a href="http://www.lucha.org/indexEsp.php">LUCHA</a>, <a href="http://www.resurrectionproject.org/home.aspx">el Proyecto Resurrecciƒ³n</a> y <a href="http://www.nhschicago.org/content/page.php?cat_id=3&amp;content_id=54">Neighborhood Housing Services</a> o Servicios del Hogar para la Comunidad. Tambiƒ©n estarƒ¡ disponible una guƒ­a gratis de clases y talleres en su barrio. La serie "<a href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/mortgagecrisis.aspx">Enfrentando la crisis de hipotecaria</a>" es una iniciativa del servicio a la comunidad patrocinada por Corporation for Public Broadcasting.‚ El objetivo es conectar los residentes de Chicago con recursos confiables y concienciar a la gente sobre la crisis hipotecaria de Chicago. <strong>El Local</strong> Chicago Public Radio Humboldt Park News Bureau 2531 W. Division St. Chicago, IL‚  60622 <strong>El Presentador</strong> <a href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/">Chicago Public Radio</a> 312-948-2954 <strong>Las Entradas</strong> GRATIS</p> Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/08/enfrentando-la-crisis-hipotecaria-pregunte-a-un-experto/7395 Facing Forclosure Event: Ask an Expert http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/08/facing-forclosure-event-ask-an-expert/7394 <p>From <a href="http://www.wbez.org/Event_Detail.aspx?eventID=1484" target="_blank">Chicago Public Radio</a>: <span id="ctl00_content1_lblDateTime">6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19</span> <span id="ctl00_content1_lblDescription">Whether you are facing foreclosure or struggling to pay your mortgage, it can be hard to know where to turn or whom to trust.‚  Do you want answers, not an answering machine?‚ ‚  Chicago Public Radio's "Facing the Mortgage Crisis" series is here to help.</span> Join us for an evening of conversation at our free <em>Ask an Expert</em> open house.‚  Chat one-on-one with experts from LUCHA, Neighborhood Housing Services and The Resurrection Project about your mortgage and foreclosure questions.‚  Spanish-speaking counselors will be available.‚  You can also pick up a copy of our "Facing the Mortgage Crisis" Housing Resource Guide which lists upcoming classes and seminars in your area. "Facing the Mortgage Crisis" is a community engagement initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.‚  The series' goal is to raise awareness of the Chicago foreclosure crisis and to connect Chicagoans with resources they can trust.‚  The series will launch August 10, 2009. <strong><span id="ctl00_content1_lblName">Venue</span></strong> <span id="ctl00_content1_lblVenue"><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Chicago%20Public%20Radio%20Humboldt%20Park%20News%20Bureau%202531%20W.%20Division%20Street&amp;oe=utf-8&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;sa=N&amp;hl=en&amp;tab=wl" target="_blank">Chicago Public Radio Humboldt Park News Bureau</a> 2531 W. Division Street Chicago, Ill. 60622</span> <strong>Presenter</strong> <span id="ctl00_content1_lblPresenter"><a href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/" target="_blank">Chicago Public Radio</a> 312-948-4600</span> <div id="ctl00_content1_pnlContact"><span id="ctl00_content1_lblContact"> </span></div></p> Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/08/facing-forclosure-event-ask-an-expert/7394 Free haircuts for the unemployed? Yes please! http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/08/free-haircuts-for-the-unemployed-yes-please/7389 <p>With no job and no income, it can be hard to maintain that "clean cut" look while navigating the maze of unemployment. That's why Charles Martin at <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;hs=Yjw&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salon+64,+1064+W.+Bryn+Mawr,+Chicago+IL&amp;fb=1&amp;split=1&amp;gl=us&amp;cid=0,0,4186051457830867642&amp;ei=NvKCSv_9N4PWM4id2aUL&amp;sa=X&amp;oi=local_result&amp;ct=image&amp;resnum=1" target="_blank">Salon 64, 1064 W. Bryn Mawr</a>, is now offering free hair services for the unemployed. <blockquote>"I thought it'd be a goodwill thing to do because so many people are hurting for money, especially now. It's a really rough time right now," Charles told me.</blockquote> The first 20 people to schedule an appointment will receive a complimentary haircut, shampoo and blow dry. To be eligible you must provide unemployment documents and proof of a job interview. Call (773) 728-1128 to make reservations. Salon 64 is open seven days a week and the free services are available through August 20. But that's not all. Chicagoans can find free haircuts all over town, especially if you're willing to take on a dramatic new look. <a href="http://chicago.salonapprentice.com/chicago_no_log_in/_Chicago_list.php?a=search&amp;value=1&amp;SearchFor=Chicago&amp;SearchOption=Contains&amp;SearchField=city" target="_blank">Salonapprentice.com</a> lists salons seeking hair models and the site is also a good source for free haircuts and styling. Did you snag a complimentary new "Ëœdo? Tell us where and we'll pass it along.</p> Wed, 12 Aug 2009 14:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/08/free-haircuts-for-the-unemployed-yes-please/7389 En Espaƒ±ol: Aprenda ingles aquƒ­ http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/07/en-espanol-aprenda-ingles-aqui/7380 <p>‚¿Es nuevo a Chicago? ‚¡Bienvenidos! ‚¿Quiere mejorar su entendimiento de ingles? El ‚ <a href="http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalContentItemAction.do?contentOID=536892200&amp;contenTypeName=COC_EDITORIAL&amp;topChannelName=Business&amp;blockName=Promo+Item&amp;channelId=-536879030&amp;programId=536879129" target="_blank">Chicago Workforce Center</a> ofrece clases de alfabetizaciƒ³n para adultos en Ingles como un idioma segundo (ESL) en toda la ciudad. Esta pagina de Web es en ingles, pero tiene la informaciƒ³n que necesita. ‚¿Que es la mejor parte? Todos de estos servicios son gratis para bƒºsquedas de empleos. Para mƒ¡s oportunidades, revisa estos programas: Algunas de las bibliotecas pƒºblicas de Chicago tienen secciones especiales para estudiantes de ESL. ‚¿No encuentra un libro en su biblioteca local? <a href="http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/index.cfm/general/moreInfo/spanish" target="_blank">El Learning Express Library</a><a href="http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/index.cfm/general/moreInfo/spanish"></a> deja los usuarios hacer exƒ¡menes de prƒ¡ctica para el TOEFL y los exƒ¡menes de naturalizaciƒ³n de los Estados Unidos. Alguna de la informaciƒ³n tiene instrucciones para estos exƒ¡menes en espaƒ±ol. Necesita <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/howto/library_card.php" target="_blank">una tarjeta de la biblioteca</a> para usar los recursos en linea.‚  Cuando se registre, use el nƒºmero de su tarjeta de la biblioteca como su nombre de usuario. <a href="http://www.literacychicago.org/index.htm" target="_blank">Literacy Chicago</a>, 17 North State St., Suite 900, (312) 870-1100, ofrece programas gratis para adultos que les interesa aprender y mejorar su ingles. Estos programas incluyen clases de alfabetizaciƒ³n para adultos en Ingles como un idioma segundo. Para mƒ¡s informaciƒ³n sobre direcciones y tiempos de clases, llama (312) 870-1100 o envƒ­a un mensaje a <a href="mailto:info@literacychicago.org">info@literacychicago.org</a>. <a href="http://www.literacydirectory.org/" target="_blank">Literacydirectory.org</a> es un directorio de programas de alfabetizaciƒ³n y ESL en los Estados Unidos. Puede elegir su lugar con cƒ³digo postal o con la ciudad y el estado y elegir de clases de alfabetizaciƒ³n, preparaciƒ³n para GED o ESL en su barrio.</p> Thu, 23 Jul 2009 09:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/07/en-espanol-aprenda-ingles-aqui/7380 Food banks for your furry friends http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/07/food-banks-for-your-furry-friends/7369 <p>As an accidental pet owner, I know firsthand pet food can be pricey, especially after reading <a href="http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2009/07/02/owners-still-spend-thousands-on-pets/" target="_blank">this article</a> saying first-time owners spends about $1,260 for a dog and $1,070 for a cat in the first year. Now, every penny counts, but you don't have to stress over Spike's kibbles n' bits and you certainly don't have to spend $1,000. Chicago has several pet food banks and low-cost spay and neuter centers to keep him in your life when you need him most. <a href="http://www.treehouseanimals.org/index.html" target="_blank">Tree House Humane Society</a>: 1212 W. Carmen Ave and other locations throughout the city. (773) 784-5488 Tree House is a no-kill cat center with a food pantry filled with dog and cat food. To be eligible, pet owners must show proof of low-income status, pets must be spayed and neutered and a you must be able to verify the surgery with a vet. <a href="http://www.pawschicago.org/paws-chicago-petco-food-bank.html" target="_blank">PAWS Chicago</a>: <em> </em>3516 <span>W.</span> 26th St. (773) 475-9426 With donations from PETCO, PAWS offers food and pet supplies to low-income families. To qualify, people must show proof of financial need and can't be looking to adopt or buy a pet from PAWS. PAWS also offers the Lurie Spay Neuter Clinic which provides free and low-cost surgeries to families in need. Call the clinic at (773) 521-7729. <a href="http://www.animalwelfareleague.com/" target="_blank">Animal Welfare League</a>: 6224 S Wabash (773) 667-0088 Each month, the Animal Welfare League offers a monthly supply of pet food for owners in need.</p> Wed, 01 Jul 2009 13:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ltalleyatcpr/2009/07/food-banks-for-your-furry-friends/7369 Veterans Get Stimulus Dollars http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/06/veterans-get-stimulus-dollars/7367 <p><p style="text-align:left;"><em><span style="font-size:x-small;font-family:Arial;">From the Department of Veterans Affairs: </span></em></p> <span style="font-size:x-small;font-family:Arial;">"WASHINGTON</span><span style="font-size:x-small;font-family:Arial;">‚  -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has requested the Department of the Treasury to make $250 payments to eligible Veterans as part of President Obama's recovery plan. ‚ The first payments were sent Monday, June 22.‚ ‚ All payments will be distributed by June 30.</span> <span style="font-size:x-small;font-family:Arial;">As part of the recovery plan, VA is making one-time payments of $250 to eligible Veterans and survivors to offset the effects of the current economy.‚ ‚ VA estimates $500 million in payments will be made to approximately 1.9 million Veterans and eligible beneficiaries as part of this measure.</span> <span style="font-size:x-small;font-family:Arial;">To be eligible for the payment, VA beneficiaries must have received VA's compensation, pension, dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC), or spina bifida benefits at any time between November 2008 and January 2009.‚ ‚ Also, beneficiaries must reside within the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa‚ or the U.S. Virgin Islands. ‚ </span> <span style="font-size:x-small;font-family:Arial;">No application is necessary.‚ ‚ VA used its existing payment records to determine eligibility for the $250 payment.‚ ‚ Beneficiaries will receive their payments the same way they receive their monthly VA benefits -- either by direct deposit or in the mail.‚ ‚ </span> <span style="font-size:x-small;font-family:Arial;">This payment is not countable in determining eligibility for VA pension or Parents' DIC.‚ ‚ The law allows one $250 payment per person.‚ ‚ The payment is tax-free.‚ ‚ VA beneficiaries who also receive benefits from the Social Security Administration or Railroad Retirement Board will be paid through those agencies, and will therefore not receive the payment from VA.</span> <span style="font-size:x-small;font-family:Arial;">VA will spend more than $1.4 billion as part of President Obama's economic recovery plan to improve services to America's Veterans.‚ ‚ VA's Internet site -- <a href="http://www.va.gov/recovery"><span style="font-size:x-small;color:#800080;font-family:Arial;">www.va.gov/recovery</span></a>‚  -- provides current information about VA's work to deliver its portion of recovery act funds to benefit Veterans."‚ </span></p> Mon, 29 Jun 2009 09:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/06/veterans-get-stimulus-dollars/7367 DIY: Wallet http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/06/diy-wallet/7365 <p>These days it can be tough to FILL a wallet with more than coupons and‚ a‚ library card...but you can MAKE your own billfold with a little elbow grease and creativity.‚  <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/quality-duct-tape-wallet">Instructables</a> has instructions a "quality duct tape wallet".‚  From the site: "standard duct tape wallet with 2 pockets for cards. this takes about 30 minutes to make. i like it because you can customize to exactly the size you want."‚  Lifehacker‚ has two other‚ DIY duct tape wallet‚ tutorials: <a href="http://lifehacker.com/software/duct-tape/how-to-make-an-rfidblocking-duct-tape-wallet-145519.php">here</a> and <a href="http://lifehacker.com/software/life-hacks/how-to-make-a-duct-tape-wallet-036654.php">here</a>. You can also sew one up--something I'm planning to get around to one of these days.‚  If you have time on your hands, check out this pattern from <a href="http://darnkat.wordpress.com/quilted-fabric-wallet-tutorial/">That Darn Kat</a>.‚  If you want something a little less complicated check out this <a href="http://www.thestuffilivefor.com/?p=34">one pocket wallet tutorial</a>.‚ ‚ You could also take apart a fabric wallet that's falling apart to see how‚ it was put together.‚ ‚ Lovely wallet‚ fabric on the cheap can be salvaged from a vintage‚ <a href="http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26561813&amp;ref=sr_gallery_4&amp;&amp;ga_search_query=necktie+wallet&amp;ga_search_type=handmade&amp;ga_page=1&amp;order=date_desc&amp;includes[]=tags&amp;includes[]=title">necktie</a>‚ or whatever else you have that you're willing to chop up. Super minimalist ?‚  Or want something that's nearly free?‚  Try a<a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Paper-Wallet/"> paper wallet</a>.‚  I bet you could make it work with a paper grocery bag.</p> Thu, 18 Jun 2009 16:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/06/diy-wallet/7365 Free drugs from Pfizer for laid off workers http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/05/free-drugs-from-pfizer-for-laid-off-workers/7345 <p>Drug company Pfizer is offering a year of free drugs to people who've lost health insurance and have been taking the company's medicines for at least three months before losing their job.‚  It'll be interesting to see if other drug companies do the same.‚  From <a href="http://www.pfizer.com/news/press_releases/pfizer_press_releases.jsp?rssUrl=http://mediaroom.pfizer.com/portal/site/pfizer/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&amp;ndmConfigId=1016273&amp;newsId=20090514005582&amp;newsLang=en">Pfizer's website</a>: NEW YORK--(<a href="http://www.businesswire.com/">BUSINESS WIRE</a>)--Pfizer Inc announced today that it will launch an innovative program to help eligible unemployed Americans and their families who have lost their health insurance maintain access to their Pfizer medicines for free. The inspiration for the new program, called MAINTAIN¢"ž¢ (Medicines Assistance for Those who Are in Need), was generated by Pfizer employees who were witnessing friends, family and neighbors struggle to make ends meet after losing their jobs. "We all know people who have been laid off recently and have lost their health insurance, making it difficult for them to pay for health care," said Dr. Jorge Puente, Pfizer's regional president of Worldwide Pharmaceuticals, a leading champion of the initiative. "We thought there must be some way we could help recently unemployed people who are taking Pfizer medicines to continue treatment during these challenging economic times." The program, which applies regardless of prior family income, will be open for enrollment through December 31, 2009 and applies to eligible Americans who have become unemployed since January 1, 2009. It is designed to help recently unemployed Americans and their families who have lost their insurance and who are taking Pfizer medicines to continue treatment for free for up to one year. Nearly 46 million Americans lack health insurance coverage, and that number is increasing as unemployment rates reach their highest levels in 25 years. Pfizer employees proposed the idea of MAINTAIN to the company's senior leadership team just within the last month. Pfizer employees also asked to be able to do their part by donating their own money to the program, and the Pfizer Foundation will match their donations. "The current economic environment has added considerable new stress to the daily life of millions of hard-working Americans, and our colleagues are responding to help their neighbors in the communities where they reside," said Jeffrey B. Kindler, chairman and chief executive officer of Pfizer. "The speed with which we created and approved this program is proof of our commitment to help people access the medicines they need to live healthier lives. With the launch of this initiative, which I am proud to say was proposed by our colleagues, we are doing what we can to ensure that recent loss of employment does not preclude people from managing their health." Eligibility requirements of the new program include: <ul> <li class="bwlistitemmarginbottom">Loss of employment since January 1, 2009</li> <li class="bwlistitemmarginbottom">Prescribed and taking a Pfizer medicine for at least 3 months prior to becoming unemployed and enrolling in the program</li> <li class="bwlistitemmarginbottom">Lack of prescription drug coverage</li> <li class="bwlistitemmarginbottom">Can attest to financial hardship</li> </ul> People who qualify will receive their Pfizer medicines for free for up to 12 months or until they become re-insured (whichever comes first). More than 70 Pfizer primary care medicines will be available through the program. To make it easy for people to apply, the program will be integrated into Pfizer's existing family of patient assistance programs called Pfizer Helpful Answers<strong>‚®</strong>. A single point of entry makes it easy to get help: <ul> <li class="bwlistitemmarginbottom">All of Pfizer's patient assistance programs, including the new program, can be reached by calling a single phone number (1-866-706-2400) or by visiting <a href="http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.PfizerHelpfulAnswers.com&amp;esheet=5965029&amp;lan=en_US&amp;anchor=www.PfizerHelpfulAnswers.com&amp;index=1" target="_blank">www.PfizerHelpfulAnswers.com</a></li> <li class="bwlistitemmarginbottom">Those who contact Pfizer Helpful Answers in need of medicines made by another company will be directed to the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a pharmaceutical industry initiative that serves to raise awareness of, and boost enrollment in, more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs.</li> </ul> The new program will be fully operational on July 1, 2009. However, people in need now can call 1-866-706-2400 for help. MAINTAIN is a part of Pfizer Helpful Answers, a joint program of Pfizer Inc and the Pfizer Patient Assistance Foundation. <strong>About Pfizer Helpful Answers‚®</strong> Pfizer Helpful Answers is a family of patient assistance programs for the uninsured and underinsured who need help getting Pfizer medicines. Today, it is the largest and most extensive initiative in the U.S. Pfizer Helpful Answers provides Pfizer medicines for free or at a savings to patients who qualify. Some programs also offer reimbursement support services for people with insurance. Pfizer Helpful Answers is a joint program of Pfizer Inc and the Pfizer Patient Assistance Foundation¢"ž¢. <strong>About Pfizer Inc</strong> Founded in 1849, Pfizer is the world's premier biopharmaceutical company taking new approaches to better health. We discover, develop, manufacture and deliver quality, safe and effective prescription medicines to treat and help prevent disease for both people and animals. We also partner with healthcare providers, governments and local communities around the world to expand access to our medicines and to provide better quality health care and health system support. At Pfizer, more than 80,000 colleagues in more than 90 countries work every day to help people stay happier and healthier longer and reduce the human and economic burden of disease worldwide.</p> Thu, 14 May 2009 14:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ahill/2009/05/free-drugs-from-pfizer-for-laid-off-workers/7345