- For Local Resource Referral – Call 211
- Learn About & Apply for Public Benefits
- Resources for Veterans
- Resources for Seniors
- Resources for Immigrants and Refugees
- Transportation Resources
- Social Services for Adults
For Local Resource Referral – Call 211
211 is a free local resource referral service available to Virginians 24/7, and is provided by the Virginia Department of Social Services.
211 can help you learn about the free resources in your community with ease. To find a resource, you can search by resource category on their website, you can dial 2-1-1, or you can text “CONNECT” to 247211.
211 is multilingual, all you need to know is your zip code.
Check out their website below to learn more:
Learn About and Apply For Public Benefits
CommonHelp is a state sponsored guide for navigating and applying for assistance. With CommonHelp, you can check which public benefits you’re eligible for, apply for them, and renew them all in one place.
CommonHelp partners with a number of state and federal agencies to ensure that all Virginians can understand and apply for public benefits programs, like: Child Care Services, Energy Assistance, SNAP, Temporary Cash Assistance for Families with Minor Children, etc.
CommonHelp’s website is accessible in Spanish and English.
For help navigating CommonHelp call 855-635-4370
Check out their website below to learn more:
Resources for Veterans
Are you a Veteran Struggling Mental Health?
The Ruyts Foundation of Veteran Suicide Prevention (RFVSP) is dedicated to bringing mental health resources to American Veterans. RFVSP works to raise public awareness about the veteran mental health crisis, and offers support to veterans struggling with suicidal thoughts, mental health, and other issues.
Are you a veteran currently dealing with a mental health crisis or suicidal thoughts? RFVSP recommends you contact the Veteran Crisis Line immediately.
To call the Veterans Crisis Line, dial 9-8-8 and then press 1. Or you can text the Line at 838255.
RFVSP offers a variety of programs and services for Veterans, including: private counseling, support groups, a food bank, homelessness prevention/hotel assistance, mental health appointment and prescription cost assistance, etc.
View RFVSP’s full list of veterans programs here:
The Veterans Crisis Line
Veterans Crisis Line is a free confidential resource that connects veterans dealing with a crisis to a real person that is specially trained to support them.
The Crisis Line is available 24/7, and care continues even after you hang up the phone with a Crisis Line responder. Responders can refer veterans to local counselors and other resources, and you can even search for local veterans resources on their website here:
You do not need to be enrolled with VA Benefits, or have health care coverage to call the Veterans Crisis Line
To call the Veterans Crisis Line, dial 9-8-8 and then press 1.
Or you can also text the Crisis Line at 838255.
9-8-8 is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and is available 24/7 to talk to all people.
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) is the state agency serving veterans and their families in Virginia.
DVS can deploy a variety of resources for veterans and their families depending on their situation. Check out their full list of benefits, which includes a Home Loan Guarantee program, here:
For immediate help please contact the Veteran Crisis Line by dialing 9-8-8 and then pressing 1.
If you would like to contact the DVS, call (804) 786-0286.
Resources for Seniors
Local Agencies Serving Seniors
The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) is the state agency dedicated to serving and fostering independence among older Virginians.
Their Office for Aging Services of the Division for Community Living works with 25 local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA’s) to connect seniors and their families with the resources and service providers they need.
See which AAA serves your local area here:
Virginia Navigator is a free online search tool that assists users trying to find Virginia nonprofits serving seniors, veterans, those with disabilities, and more.
Senior Navigator is Virginia Navigator’s search tool specifically for seniors and you can check it out here:
If you need personalized assistance finding services and resources, fill out this needs assessment form here:
Resources for Immigrants and Refugees
Find Immigrant and Refugee Services Near You
The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) helps immigrants, refugees, and allies across the United States to find and connect with resources and organizations near you! Their website is also multilingual.
The National Immigration Legal Services Directory is a free tool on IAN’s website, and with it you can search for resources by state, zip code, or detention facility.
To find all the organizations which serve in Virginia, go to the Legal Services Directory search-by-state map and click on the state of Virginia ==>
Immigration Services and Resources Provided by the Commonwealth
The Office of New Americans (ONA) is a part of the Virginia Department of Social Services, and they are the agency office serving Virginia’s immigrant and refugee communities.
The ONA can offer a variety of resources and support depending on an individual or family’s situation.
Check out more websites and resources from the Department of Social Services here:
Find a Transportation Service Near You
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) has a search tool that helps Virginians to find different types of transportation services near them.
The Virginia Transportation Finder tool is at the bottom of the DRPT home page and looks like this ==>
Transportation for Seniors and Adults Living with Disabilities
Senior Connections is a nonprofit serving the people of Central Virginia by offering a program called Ride Connection. Ride Connection is a mobility management program that serves eligible seniors and adult persons living with disabilities and helps them to get information on, and access to, transportation.
The Ride Connections Hot Line is: (804) 672-4495
You can read more about Senior Connection and Ride Connections here:
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation
ModivCare is an organization that provides free non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) to eligible Medicaid recipients living across Virginia. ModivCare does not offer help with transportation in emergency medical situations, for emergencies you should call 9-1-1.
NEMT reservations must be made between 6AM and 8PM, Monday through Friday, by calling 1-866-386-8331, and need to be arranged at least 5 business days before the scheduled medical appointment. ModivCare’s Ride Assist Line is 1-866-246-9979, contact them if you have questions about their services or your eligibility status.
Sign up for ModivCare here:
See the full ModivCare contact list here:
Social Services for Adults
Search For Virginia Jobs
The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) runs the Virginia unemployment program, on top of job placement services, and providing tools for Virginians to search for jobs.
To register for unemployment benefits check out this VEC information here:
Looking for a job? Check out the VEC’s Virginia Workforce Connection (VAWC) program which has online job search tools, job search support, and training services. Learn more about VAWC here:
Both the VEC and VAWC websites are available in both Spanish and English.
Post-Incarceration Support (Serving the Richmond Metro Area)
OAR of Richmond is a non profit organization and community leader in assisting people who were formerly incarcerated in re-entering society.
OAR’s service area is limited to the City of Richmond, and Hanover, Chesterfield, and Henrico counties.
Check out the post-incarceration services they provide here:
Contact OAR of Richmond here:
Medicare Sign-Up Assistance & Health Care Access for the Uninsured
If you are looking for help signing up for Medicare, Medicaid, or private health insurance, check out Cover Virginia, it’s a state affiliated organization that helps Virginians gain access to health care which is affordable to them.
Cover Virginia is accessible in English and Spanish, and people can use their services to learn more about different health care coverage options, find support in your local area, and how to apply for health care coverage.
Find out how COVID-19 emergency health regulations are changing soon and how the commonwealth is returning to “normal” health care enrollment soon, here:
The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) is an organization that helps uninsured Virginians get access to medical, mental health, and dental coverage. The VHCF even has programs which help the uninsured to get their prescriptions filled for free.
The VHCF doesn’t provide medical care itself, but they do support the network of providers, free health clinics, and community health centers across the commonwealth that work in underserved communities. Find out more about VHCF and what they do here:
Click here, if you are an uninsured Virginia resident and need help getting any of the following: medical care, dental care, mental health care, prescription medicine, or assistance signing up for health insurance.