Laugh a little lately? The people at Comic Relief hope you do, especially when the organization hosts their biennial telethon, Red Nose Day, on March 24 in the U.K. and March 25 in the U.S. Since 1985, Comic Relief has been using this event, among other telethons, to raise awareness and funds for children living in poverty across the globe.
This charity has risen in popularity, mostly because of their fun and light-hearted approach to giving, while ultimately helping kids in need. The founders of the charity envisioned using comedy as a tool to get serious about the issue of global poverty. The “red nose” provides a chance to smile and add a special touch to their message.
Similar to Comic Relief, Benefits.gov strives to help families and children in need, by offering easy, online access to government benefit information. Some of the programs listed on Benefits.gov specifically support children living in poverty. These programs include the Child Care and Development Fund, Family Planning Services, and Child Care Resource and Referral Services, which are programs that aid individuals in planning for expenses related to child planning, care, and education. Other programs aim to help eligible families with children and child care services through Federal tax benefits, including, Child Tax Credit, Child and Dependent Care Credit, and Tax Benefits for Adoption.
Comic Relief’s other popular telethon, Children in Need, is held annually in November and aims to benefit disadvantaged children. A Benefits.gov program that supports children with disabilities is the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities, and there are many other programs both Federally or locally for families and/or children in need.
Since their launch, Comic Relief has raised over $1 Billion with their Red Nose Day campaign. Funds raised by the event in the U.S. have supported programs in all 50 states and 25 countries internationally, including Latin America, Asia, and Africa. If you are interested in participating, you can wear your red nose on March 24-25 or tune into the telethon!
For more information on ways to get involved in your community and help people in need, visit the Volunteer Opportunities category on Benefits.gov.