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ACCESS Florida Program - Public Benefits

Childcare Assistance, Financial Assistance, Food Stamps, Help with Utilities, Information Resources, Rental Assistance.


Visit the website to learn about eligibility for food, cash, and medical assistance. 


Social Security Administration

Ways to Apply

You can complete an application for Retirement, Spouse's, Medicare or DisabilityBenefits online.

If you do not wish to use the online application, or the application for the benefit you want is not available online, you can:

  • Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778); or
  • Visit your local Social Security office. An appointment is not required, but if you call ahead and schedule one, it may reduce the time you spend waiting to apply.

United Way 211

Collier 211 is a free 24-hour non-emergency human services helpline available to those in need in Collier County by dialing 211 or (888) 369-7688. The 211 service is for referral to health and social services that provide food, housing, medical, child care services and more!




Neighborhood Health Clinic      


The Neighborhood Health Clinic is a non-profit health care facility that delivers quality medical and dental care to low-income, working, but uninsured Collier County adults, using a volunteer professional staff and private philanthropy.

Collier County Department of Health

As a county health department within the Florida Department of Health, the Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) is a dynamic department that provides public health programs and services focused on preventing communicable, infectious, and chronic diseases as we work to promote and protect the health of our community. Essential public health services are provided at three sites; the main office is located in the government complex in Naples, a satellite office is located in Immokalee, and a Women, Infants and Children (WIC) office is located in Golden Gate City.

Healthcare Network of SWFL

Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (Healthcare Network) is a private not-for-profit organization providing primary medical and dental care to our community since 1977. Healthcare Network welcomes all patients—insured or uninsured—and provides the same high quality standard of care to all.  We believe that if more people have access to care, we all benefit from a healthier community.

Panira Healthcare Clinic

​PANIRA Healthcare Clinic’s Mission is to provide quality medical care and equal access to anyone in the community regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, income, education, geographic location, disability, or sexual orientation in a manner that is comprehensive, current and culturally competent.

 Friendship Centers

Medical & Dental Services

The Friendship Centers is a national pioneer in the delivery of health care to adults aged 50 and over. In Sarasota, Collier and Lee Counties, we are saving lives by providing medical and dental care to older adults who are uninsured or underinsured and meet financial eligibility criteria. Many of our patients come to us in crisis, having neglected their health due to ongoing financial constraints. We offer a lifeline with primary and specialty care, dental care and referrals for specialized services through a network of health care partners.

PLAN of Collier County - Phone: 239.776.3016

 PLAN is a referral network program  of 250 volunteer physicians, community clinics, hospitals and other affiliated health care providers who help to provide a safety net of access to quality healthcare for qualified low-income and uninsured adult residents of Collier County in Florida.


21st Century C.A.R.E.

Services: CancerFinancial AssistanceSupport Groups

Counties: Lee

A foundation dedicated to cancer patients. Upon physician's referral, provides financial assistance incidental expenses related to cancer treatments. A weekly cancer suppor...




Assistance programs are offered by many gas, electric, water, and phone companies. If you feel you may have difficulty paying your monthly bills, contact the company before your balance becomes too large. Companies are more amenable to working out a payment plan with those willing to work with them.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Helps assist low-income families with home heating and cooling costs. To inquire about assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, locate the county in which you live and contact the local agency at the telephone number listed. Applications are only available by contacting the local providers listed below.

Collier  - LIHEAP

            Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc.: 1-800-330-3491

Lee      -   LIHEAP

            County Department of Human Services: (239) 533-7900

            Beacon of Hope: (239)283-5123 Leon Capital Area Community Action Agency, Inc.: (850) 222-2043





Other Programs

American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345

Offers programs and services to help people with cancer and their loved ones understand cancer, manage their lives through treatment and recovery, and find the emotional support they need.


Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies 1-800-634-7346

Agencies provide help for medical equipment, supplies, prescriptions and transportation to medical care.


Cancer Care 1-800-813-HOPE (4673)

Offers a variety of financial assistance programs, call for eligibility requirements.


Cancer Resource Network –

Community resources to help individuals find services that will aid them in their personal cancer journey.

• Legal Assistance
• Advocacy Programs
• Assistance with Costs Related to Daily Living Expenses, Treatment, Medication, Wigs
• Education and more!


Catholic Charities, USA 1-703-549-1390

Some local offices have limited funding available to provide emergency financial assistance.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Help with food, provide clothing and furniture, and helps prevent homelessness by assisting with rent, utility bills, provide transportation, and support in many other ways.





















CAN Questions & Answers

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The following questions and answers are the most commonly asked of the Cancer Alliance of Naples. If you have further questions, please contact any of our staff members. They will be delighted to give you the information you need.

  • When was CAN established? +

    Cancer Alliance of Naples (CAN) was established in October 2002.

  • What is CAN’s mission? +

    CAN is devoted to helping LOCAL children, families and individuals touched by cancer by providing financial aid, support, education and information resources.

  • How is CAN funded? +

    Most of CAN’s revenue is generated from fundraising events, businesses and individual donations. CAN also receives funding from grants generously contributed by local foundations.

  • Where do CAN donations go? +

    Every dollar made here stays here in our area – neighbors helping neighbors.

  • What population does CAN serve? +

    All residents of Collier or Lee County.

  • How many people in this area has CAN helped? +

    Over 2,000 FAMILIES have been served since CAN was established; over $3.2 million have been spent in services for cancer survivors in our local area.

  • What type of financial assistance does CAN provide? +

    CAN pays non-medical, every day bills such as rent and mortgage payments to avoid eviction; utility bills so that service is not shut off; car payments, repairs and gas to get to and from treatment safely; and food gift cards so that cancer survivors are strong enough to obtain the best possible outcome from cancer treatment.

  • Who is eligible for assistance? +

    There are three requirements:

    -  Cancer patients must have a signed physician’s verification form stating the applicant is currently in chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

    -  Verification of a minimum of one-year residency in Collier or Lee County.

    -  Must meet financial qualifications.

  • How does a cancer patient in treatment make an appointment? +

    Phone 239/643-HOPE (4673) for an appointment. Interviews can be conducted in English or Spanish.

  • What are CAN’s hours? +

    CAN offices are open Monday to Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM


  • Are donations tax deductible? +

    YES! EIN #22-387 9709

  • How do I donate to CAN? +

    - Click on the Donations Tab on the CAN website –

    - Choose among options of donating one time, or spread out over your choice of timely installments.

    - Donate by credit card: AX, MC, VISA, DISCOVER are accepted.

    - Donate by check, payable to “Cancer Alliance of Naples, and mail to Cancer Alliance of Naples, 3384 Wood's Edge Circle, Suite 102, Bonita Springs, FL 34134.

    For information on living legacies, planned gifts, stocks, please phone the CAN office and ask for the Executive Director. Choices and benefits based on your intention are highlighted on CAN’s website.

  • How can I help? +

    Volunteer your time and talents in the office or at events. Host a fundraising event – whether large or small.

  • How can I reach CAN’s office? +

    Phone 239/643-HOPE (4673) / FAX 239/643-4616

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Privacy Policy

This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for This privacy notice applies solely to information collected by this web site. It will notify you of the following:

1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the web site, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
2. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
3. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
4. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.
Information Collection, Use, and Sharing
We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to ship an order.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, or changes to this privacy policy.

Your Access to and Control Over Information
You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our website:

- See what data we have about you, if any.
- Change/correct any data we have about you.
- Have us delete any data we have about you.
- Express any concern you have about our use of your data.

We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via telephone at (239) 643-HOPE (4673) or via email.

CAN was formed almost 15 years ago with a simple goal. Helping local children, families and individuals touched by cancer, by providing financial aid support, education, and informational resources. We have helped more than 3000 families and provided more than 3 million dollars in assistance to families right here in our community.


We can only achieve this goal one person and one step at a time. People like Marion O'Connell, who lost her son, William, a year ago. Every month, Mrs. O'Connell uses a portion of her social security check to bring a gift card into our office for others - just like CAN did for William. And then there is 9 year old Will Quinlan, who this holiday, asked family members to make donations to CAN rather than purchase any gifts for him. One person, and one step at time.

Get Help

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Beneficiary services are just the beginning of what CAN can do for you. Support, care, hope, and understanding help play a significant role in the everyday lives of our beneficiaries. Listed just below are some of the services provided and the links to the applications and paper work you will need to get started.


  • You must be a Collier or Lee County, Florida resident for a minimum of 1 year and show proof, such as a drivers's license, lease or mortgage papers.*
  • Provide a photo ID.
  • Be in active chemo or radiation therapy with cancer.


CAN provides financial assistance with rent / mortgage payments, insurance, food, car payments, gas, household utilities and much, much more.

CAN helps with referrals and resource assistance and CAN provides links to local support groups, library and literature resources and helps you connect with local agencies and government programs.

CAN does not pay medical or legal bills and does not pay for prescription drugs.


When information is received in the CAN office an interview with our Cancer Resource Navigator will be scheduled to establish the individual and family needs.

Resource information and a CAN introduction package will be provided to the applying beneficiary.

CAN Helps

One of CAN's most important functions is to provide for the needs of individuals in our community dealing with cancer. In almost every case, these issues would remain unattended be it not for CAN's assistance.

When information is received in the CAN office an interview with a Beneficiary Committee representative will be scheduled to establish the individual and family needs. 



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KidsCAN logoKidsCAN is High school kids helping kids who are dealing with cancer

Each year, KidsCAN award scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have cancer or have a parent or sibling with cancer. CAN formed a Junior Board of Directors comprised of local high school students in 2008. In 2015, thirty-one students were on the Junior Board representing seven schools (Naples High, Community School, Seacrest Country Day, Gulf Coast, Barron Collier, Golden Gate and Palmetto Ridge).

The KIDSCAN Junior Board supports CAN in its fundraising efforts while emphasizing Kids Helping Kids, a program designed to assist kids with cancer or whose parents or siblings have cancer. They participate in multiple fundraising events throughout the year including the annual bike ride, selling tickets to a Florida Everblades hockey game, delighting kids with holiday toys, and the annual Family Retreat. Over 100 participated in the United Way Walk.

Friends of KIDSCAN kids are joining the effort with KIDSCAN clubs being formed in local high schools, and Junior Board Members leading the way.

Public and private Collier County high schools earned money to award scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have cancer or
whose parents or siblings have cancer. 


Volunteer Opportunities

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If you are looking for a way to give back to your community, CAN offers many ways to donate your time, talent and treasures.CAN holds a volunteer orientation once every month. Please call for details. (239)643-4673


Enjoy a comfortable volunteer office with plenty of coffee, and a friendly environment. CAN volunteers assist with the reception desk, telephones, mailings, and data entry. CAN volunteers also help with event planning and preparation throughout the year - Contacting businesses and friends for sponsorships, auction items and basic involvement with events. Everyone is appreciated!


CAN needs speakers who can present various cancer related topics to patients, caregivers, the public. For example, beauty and wellness tips, stress reduction, health and nutrition, cancer education, and more. CAN is always looking for ways to raise awareness and tell our story.


CAN is always seeking sponsorship, immediate financial support, and long term gifts such as Living Legacies & Planned Gifts.

To volunteer, please call our office at 239-643-HOPE (4673) 

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