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Organizations for Financial, Social Services, Elder Care, Veterans Benefits, Mental Welfare, and More.
As your Costume Designers Guild Local 892 representatives, we want to remind you that there are organizations that are here to help in times of need. Whether social, financial, elder care, or even veterans care, there is a fund for the Entertainment Industry that can help. Also, with the Executive Boards’ approval, we have a one-time hardship waiver for one-quarter dues and disability waivers. If you need more information or just need to talk, please email either Brigitta Romanov or Doug Boney.

Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF)

MPTF supports our entertainment community in living and aging well, with dignity and purpose, and in helping each other in times of need. Visit MPTF

Phone: 855-760-6783

Entertainment Community Fund

The Actors Fund fosters stability and resiliency and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Visit Entertainment Community Fund

Service and Programs 

Phone: 888-825-0911

Behind The Scenes

Entertainment technology professionals deserve support during times of need due to serious illness or injury. The Behind the Scenes charity provides that safety net.

Behind The Scenes Grants

Phone: 212-244-1421

Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation

We provide financial assistance and supportive counseling to those who work in the theatrical exhibitions who are experiencing hardship due to illness, accident, or underemployment. Visit The Will Rogers Foundation

View services and apply

Phone: 888-994-3863 ext. 6003

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Community Services AFL-CIO

The struggles we face as a movement extend far beyond the workplace, touching our lives on a day-to-day basis. Workers do not live at work, they live in their communities. A community in need means workers in need. Visit The LA Fed

Phone: 213-381-5611

If you know a union member who needs assistance you can refer them by filling out this form:

The United Way

Chronic unemployment. Financial illiteracy. Homelessness. In communities around the world, individuals and families are facing financial obstacles that prevent a good quality of life. Visit 

Get Help Paying Your Bills

Phone: 703-836-7112

Union Plus

Union Plus partners with brands you know and trust to offer special union member protections.

Participants in our Union Plus Mortgage, Credit Card, Personal Loan or supplemental insurance programs may be eligible for additional hardship assistance through our Mortgage Assistance Program or other Union Plus hardship programs.

Visit Union Plus



Optum provides information and technology-enabled health services.

It is a private support tool for people with behavioral health, Employee Assistance Program, Work-Life, or Wellness benefits that their company, organization, or state provides through Optum’s subsidiary, United Behavioral Health.

Visit Optum


First Entertainment Credit Union – Hardship & Strike Assistance

Work stoppages or gaps in employment can affect people in many different ways, and we are here to help you navigate the current strike with as little impact as possible on your finances.

Visit First Entertainment Credit Union


211LA serves as a resource hub connecting people within LA County to community organizations for all types of health, human, and social service needs in Los Angeles County.

Visit 211LA

SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union


Work Disruption Loans / Payment Assistance



Wide variety of financial and social services in the greater LA area.


Get Cal Fresh

The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores up to $234 per month.


Housing is Key

Rental Assistance / Mortgage Relief Program / Eviction Protections / Utility payment assistance.


Covered California

Health Care Plan; health, dental, and vision.



CalWORKs is a public assistance program that provides cash aid and services to eligible families that have a child(ren) in the home.


Feeding Amercia

Feeding America is the largest charity working to end hunger in the United States.  They partner with food banks, food pantries, and local food programs to bring food to people facing hunger.