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Table of Contents
- Local Referral and Assistance Services
- Local Resource Finders
- Additional Local Government Resources
- Military Relief Societies
- Veterans Organizations
Local Referral and Assistance Services
- Lehigh County Information and Referral Service: For human services assistance in Lehigh County, mainly governmental, refer to Lehigh County’s Information and Referral Unit.
- Northampton County Information and Referral Service: Northampton County’s version of Lehigh’s I&R Unit is Information, Referral, and Emergency Services .
- The Local American Red Cross of the Lehigh Valley Valley-Wide Helpline is Kaputt: This premier information and referral service in the Lehigh Valley no longer exists. Effective in 2012, the United Way of Pennsylvania has instead sponsored its replacement, a larger region 211 information telephone line for social and health services (this is a national effort) which may be of use. Simply dial 211.
Local Resource Finders
- National Guard Family Program Local Community Resource Finder: Not as useful as it once was — the sense of local community has been lost.
- Military HOMEFRONT Installations and Directories of Services: This site is more oriented on installations of all types. Useful for finding what exists in Pennsylvania and how to contact.
- Operation Homefront (PA/DE/NJ Chapter): This nonprofit organization provides aid to families struggling not only with emergencies, but also with the problems of everyday life. For their facebook page is click here .
- Army Resources: A listing of Army and DoD related resources for Pennsylvania which also leads to the two sites above at the bottom of the page.
- Lehigh Valley PA Online: Something adapted to the Lehigh Valley by subject area.
- Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation website: You got to be kidding, right? Nope.
Additional Local Government Resources
- Know Your Local Legislators and Local Public Officials: Use this government directory provided by the Lehigh Valley League of Women Voters. When you just aren’t getting anywhere and the mountain to climb alone is just too high, legislative assistants and/or a legislator may be helpful. Do not expect specialized training or even a basic knowledge of veterans affairs. But then again, such wonders they may perform if smart and diligent.
- State Government Phone Numbers: Use the Commonwealth Telephone Directory.
Military Relief Societies
We could provide you various Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard relief societies, but we recommend you contact our local Red Cross above first to assist as a more efficient, comprehensive way of getting needed assistance.
Veterans organizations often have their own support programs. The Red Cross is knowledgeable of some but there are so many. And occasionally what you are looking for is a chapter or post to join or transfer to. Currency of information is always an issue. Probably the best way to find current information is to use this VA Partners site, selecting the organization one is interested in, and working one’s way down to local level. Or, just “google” the name of the organization.
Last Updated: 17 Aug 2016 (Update on local resource locators, PA phone directory)