Lend-A-Hand Initiative

The Lend-A-Hand Initiative is aimed at helping SOBANS and SOBANESE residing in the USA and Canada who have a demonstrable need. It is a comprehensive program that provides financial assistance as well as professional assistance. The program is one of the Fote Administration’s top priorities to assist SOBANS and their spouses who need a helping hand to navigate difficult situations. SOBANS do not need to be currently registered members to benefit from the program, even though the administration will work to encourage every non-registered SOBAN who applies for the assistance to consider registering with SOBA America. It is part of the administration’s goal to build an all-inclusive SOBA America. The Lend-A-Hand Initiative was officially launched on May 15th, 2020.

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, President Fote has instructed the Office of Philanthropy which manages this program to process only COVID-19 related financial assistance for the first six months. This will help provide much needed relief to SOBANS and SOBANESE who have been significantly financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The full spectrum of the program which includes professional assistance such as legal assistance and many other forms of assistance shall be rolled out after the six month period.

How can I apply for assistance?

If you need assistance, click the following link to access the application form. Your information shall be kept confidential. A dedicated team will work to ensure that the process is fair and helpful. You may be asked to provide some additional information to assist with processing of your application.


How can I help contribute to the fund to help my fellow SOBANS and SOBANESE?

We welcome donations to the fund. You can make a difference today in the life of a fellow SOBAN or SOBANESE by making a donation to our Lend-A-Hand Initiative fund. Click on the link below to make a donation. Thank you for your kindness. Please indicate “Lend-A-Hand Initiative Fund” as the


How long will it take before I get a response to my application?

We will try to reach out to you as soon as possible. Depending on the volume of applications, it make take a few days to up to 2 weeks. If you have not heard back from us and there is an urgency, please call 1 (888) 504 SOBA Ext 2.

I have other questions – how can I get answers?

You can call 1 888 504 SOBA (7622) Extension 2 with questions related to the Lend-A-Hand Initiative, or send an email to [email protected]