Help for the neighbor: information for those affected

The StZ Christmas campaign "Help for the neighbor" unfortunately cannot accept applications directly from private individuals

Stuttgart – The StZ Christmas campaign "Help for the neighbor" unfortunately cannot accept applications directly from private individuals. We work with a large number of social and charitable organizations (such as DRK, Caritas or Diakonie, see section "partner" in the chapter "The Union") who will examine each case for us and, if necessary, submit an application for you.

Perhaps you are already in contact with a counseling center or a municipal authority such as social welfare or health authorities. Please make an appointment there to present your request. You can find a list of the organizations we work with on these pages.

If we receive an application, we promise that it will be processed promptly – in exceptional emergencies this can be done on the same day.

What requirements must be met?

The strength of "Help for the neighbor" it is that we are not bound by legal rules when it comes to the requirements for support. In this respect, we focus on the individual, regardless of income or life situation. In principle, however, there must be financial need. We are guided by the rates of unemployment benefit II. If the income is higher, the need must be specifically justified in the application.

What is subsidized?

Help for the neighbor helps in the following cases, provided that the requirements are met and funds are available:

– Illness (including glasses and dentures)

– Furniture and electrical appliances

– Problems around the apartment (energy back payment, rent, renovation)

– Clothing (including baby equipment)

– Debt relief

– Education and training as well as improvement of job market opportunities

– Socio-cultural participation, mainly of children (free time, club fees, tutoring, kindergarten fees, etc.)

What is not subsidized?

Unfortunately, we cannot approve applications from the following areas:

– Fees and deposits, such as fines, legal fees, passport fees, brokerage fees, and rental deposits

– Travel expenses, such as vacation or accompanying trips to funerals at home and abroad – funeral expenses; Transfers abroad

– Costs for a private car or motorcycle, such as repairs or insurance

– privately used computers

– Monthly or annual tickets for local public transport.

– Cell phone and internet charges

– License costs. We will only cover the costs for (re-) obtaining a driver’s license if a job has been promised in writing.

How much are the grants?

The majority of the requested donations will be received from "Help for the neighbor" individually determined. Because the actual need should be the most important criterion for the approval and not theoretically determined standard rates. We are not bound by statutory standard rates. Only in this way can the Christmas campaign react quickly, unbureaucratically and, above all, appropriately. With a large number of applications – such as medical expenses, school camp, club membership or electricity or rent back payments – fixed subsidy amounts are generally not sensible. There are therefore no fixed rule sets.

On average, we approve amounts of 700 euros.

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