2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.
Examples of service referrals include:
- Health services and support
- Financial and social assistance
- Housing and utility help
- Food assistance and meal programs
- Senior services and home care
- Government program assistance
- Parenting and family programs
- Disability support services
- Volunteer organizations
- Newcomer services
- Mental health support
Population served: Canadians affected by cancer
Cancer View Canada connects Canadians to online services, information and resources for cancer control. It is an ever-evolving portal that brings together resources for cancer prevention, screening, treatment, and supportive, palliative and end-of-life care.
Through its collaborative tools, Cancer View Canada also links people in the Canadian cancer community to each other.
Population served: Jewish children (infancy through age 21) worldwide, diagnosed with a life-threatening illness as well as those who have serious chronic or genetic conditions
Chai Lifeline meets the nonmedical needs of seriously ill children, their families and communities. Its mission is to enhance lives through programs and services.
- Offers Camp Simcha - a sleep-away camp for children with cancer and other hematological illnesses
- Offers Camp Simcha Special - designed to meet the medical and social needs of children with more than 60 diagnoses
Population served: Children with cancer and their families in Canada
Dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with cancer and their families by funding research and providing support and resources.
- Provides Family Support Kit with information and support for families of newly diagnosed children
- Provides post-secondary scholarships to childhood cancer survivors
- Offers a benevolent fund to assist with funeral expenses
- Provides support groups for parents and survivors
- Offers National Teen Network which allows diagnosed teens to get in touch with teen survivors who have experienced a similar type of cancer - parents can also speak to a teen or the teen's parents
- Offers national newsletters, eNews and Teleconference services
Population served: Families in the U.S. who have lost a child to any illness
Other language(s) : SpanishMission:
To provide highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and help others better assist the grieving family.
- Offers in-person support groups via local chapters across the U.S.
- Offers live “chats” through an Online Support Community to encourage connecting and sharing among parents, grandparents, and siblings (over the age of 18) grieving the death of a child. The chat rooms supply support, encouragement, and friendship.
- Webinars, free of charge, on various bereavement issues.
Population served: Children, teens, young adults and their families worldwide
Other language(s) : SpanishMission:
To provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.
- Provides a variety of bereavement support groups in the Portland, Oregon area and referrals to support services in other areas of the U.S.
- Provides educational materials about children and grief
- Offers training to local and national agencies.
Population served: All cancer patients, caregivers, survivors, health professionals in Canada. Locations in Ontario and Alberta.
Other language(s) : Translation services available by phoneMission:
Wellspring provides a wide range of cancer support programs and services, at no charge, to meet the emotional, social, psychological and informational needs of people living with cancer and those who care for them.
- Provides information about helpful government programs as well as programs that assist in preparing people for returning to work
- Provides support through groups, short-term counseling and peer volunteers.