1. How do I make a donation?
2. Are donations tax deductible?
3. Who can apply for assistance?
4. What information is needed to apply?
5. How do I apply?
6. How does the process work?
7. How long does the process take?
8. What types of assistance are provided? What is not covered?
9. I have more than $1,000 in medical bills, will the St. Christopher Fund cover that?
10. What is the best way to reach you?
11. Are there other resources available?
12. How do I apply for the SCF scholarship?
Mail a check to:
P.O. Box 30763
Knoxville, TN 37930
Click the ‘Donate’ button on the top of the webpage to donate through PayPal
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Yes. The St. Christopher Fund is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, which means that all donations made to the organization are tax deductible. You will receive a postcard that indicates how much you donated.[ back to top ]
In order for a driver to be considered a candidate for financial support from the St. Christopher’s Fund, they must first meet certain criteria. After the criteria have been met, SCF may be able to assist drivers in a variety of capacities.
- Must hold a commercial driver’s license
- Driving a commercial vehicle must be primary source of income (or was before the medical problem caused a loss of work)
- Must have a significant medical problem that requires monetary assistance:
- Medical information must be able to be confirmed by medical examination or via contact with your physician
- Must be able to provide proof of needing financial assistance
Drivers that meet these criteria are eligible for assistance. Assistance is provided on a funds-available basis.[ back to top ]
Every question must be answered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to call and get the fax number for medical records.When filling out the medical release form, please include dates from the start of the medical issue through present.
It can take up to 2 business days to return calls. Please do not leave multiple messages. Due to such a high call volume, please send emails if possible in order to get a faster response.[ back to top ]
Call Diane Knight at 865-202-9428. Leave a message with your name, address, email or fax number and an application will be sent to you.
Email Diane a request or your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fax your application to 865-851-8396.
*Please note that you will not be contacted about your application until a decision has been made. Therefore, if faxing, please request a confirmation page. If you want to follow-up, please send an email if at all possible. Also note that it can take a few days to a few months to process the application due to delays in receiving medical records (records are requested within 1 business day of receiving an application).[ back to top ]
After receiving your completed application, the medical release form is sent to your doctor along with a request for records. Once the records have been received, members of the Review Committee review your application. The Review Committee typically meets once a week. However, as our board is made up of all volunteers, there may be some weeks when they are not able to meet due to other commitments. After a decision has been made, you will receive a call. If you are approved for financial assistance, you will be asked to provide a copy of the bill(s) to which you want the money to go towards. Payments are sent to companies directly. If bills are not received within 30 days of approval, drivers must reapply and are not guaranteed the same[ back to top ]
It can take anywhere from a few days to a few months to process the application. Delays are due to 1) an incomplete application, 2) delays in receiving medical records, 3) a lack of response from the applicant concerning questions, 4) an inability to reach the applicant due to a call block on their phone (we sometimes have to call from private numbers). Medical records are requested within 1 business day of receiving an application; however, many offices do not supply the records in a timely manner. We suggest that applicants call their doctor or hospital in advance, letting them know a release for medical records will be coming from the St. Christopher Fund, and ask that they send your records as soon as possible.[ back to top ]
Assistance is provided for essential expenses (e.g., not cable, data packages on cell phone plans, motorcycle/boat payments, vacation homes, traffic tickets, etc). Assistance can be in the form of payment for medical services or prescription drugs, assistance with expenses (e.g. utilities, rent/mortgage, insurance) while recovering from illness and out of work, or negotiating price reductions with medical providers and hospitals.
We do not cover dental work, credit cards, pet care, funeral expenses, child support, gifts, transportation, bills deemed by the committee as unnecessary or excessive.[ back to top ]
Unfortunately, most applicants’ medical bills greatly exceed our benefit amount. We will, however, send you information on how to negotiate your medical bills and get set up on a payment plan.[ back to top ]
In order to ensure that the majority of our donations go towards applicants and not administrative costs, we have a very limited staff. Email is the best way to communicate with us. If you have internet access, please send us an email with any questions or concerns you may have. If you have applied and listed an email address on your application, please check your email every few days as this is the best way to communicate. Many times, we will be giving you a lot of information and this is more easily done through email or a letter vs. a telephone call.[ back to top ]
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