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Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project by Children’s Defense Fund Chicago to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. To see if you or someone else may be eligible for public work support programs, click START to use the Eligibility Screening Tool. We will ask you a few simple questions but we will NOT ask you for information that identifies you. It's easy, confidential and free!

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Free Dental Care February 3 and 4 from Give Kids a Smile
Dental professionals will provide free dental care to low income children in need on Give Kids a Smile days, Friday February 3 and Saturday February 4.  The Minnesota Dental Association coordinates the event with a variety of dental clinics.  Appointments are required.  To find a clinic near you and to schedule an appointment, call United Way 211(just dial 2-1-1). Cell phone users should dial 800-543-7709. For more information and locations click here.
Get Your Taxes Done For Free
If you pay someone to file your taxes, it will probably cost you at least $120, and it could cost much more. If you go to a free tax preparation site (VITA or AARP), you will not have to pay anything, and you can still get your refund quickly. For AccountAbility Minnesota's free tax preparation sites click here. For other VITA or AARP tax preparation sites in Minnesota click here or call United Way 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 (651-291-0211 for cell phone users).
Food Support to be called SNAP
The name of Food Support will change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP to align with the federal name for the program. There will be no changes to the program requirements or benefits. The Department of Human Services will gradually implement this name change starting February 1, 2012.
Low-Cost Home Internet Services
Comcast and CenturyLink now offer low-cost internet services plan for $9.95 plus tax per month for qualifying low-income families. To be eligible for Comcast’s low-cost plan, you must have at least one child on the School Meal Program. To be eligible for CenturyLink’s low-cost plan, at least one household member must be on the School Meal Program or at least one of the qualifying work support programs. Other restrictions may apply. To find out more information or to get the application for this service click here for Comcast or click here for CenturyLink. Or call Comcast at 1-855-846-8376 and CenturyLink at 1-866-541-3330.
Apply for Energy Assistance!
Applications are being accepted for the Energy Assistance Program now through May 31, 2012. Click here to find out if you are eligible and where to apply.