Community Action announces free cell phones
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[June 08, 2010]
Community Action Partnership has
entered into a partnership with TracFone Wireless to promote its new
program, SafeLink Wireless. SafeLink Wireless provides a free cell
phone and airtime minutes each month to qualifying customers.
The SafeLink public assistance program ensures telephone service is
available and affordable for low-income subscribers. Benefits of the
program include a free cell phone and a limited amount of minutes
each month. Only one phone is available per household.
Participants must meet eligibility guidelines, but generally
individuals qualify if they participate in a public assistance
program such as food stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income,
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program, national free school lunches or Section 8
federal housing assistance. If they do not receive any of these
public assistance programs, they may also qualify based on total
household gross monthly income.
"Even though eligible people receive a limited amount of free
minutes monthly, this service can make a difference in their lives
by allowing them to be available when prospective employers need a
phone number, or be a lifesaver in emergency situations," said Kathy
Shepherd, community service director.
Interested individuals can schedule an appointment by contacting
their local Community Action office: Logan County, 217-732-2159;
DeWitt County, 217-935-2455; Mason-Fulton County, 309-543-6988;
Menard County, 217-632-3137; Piatt County, 217-762-2421.
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SafeLink Wireless was created by TracFone Wireless Inc. when the
Federal Communications Commission recently approved the company to
offer Lifeline. SafeLink Wireless applies the Universal Service Fund
subsidy to an allotment of free airtime minutes, and TracFone
provides the wireless handset at the company's expense.
Community Action serves the low-income and senior populations of
six counties in central Illinois. For more information, visit
[Text from file received from
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