WSD Family Resources
It is the mission of the Wissahickon School District to ensure that all students are provided the basic necessities (e.g. healthy breakfast and lunch, clothing and school supplies required by the district). It is also imperative that all students are given the opportunity to participate in curricular and co-curricular activities that enhance their academic, social, physical and emotional growth.
As such, the district offers waivers to families with financial need for various expenses and fees, including laptops, activity fees, PSAT/SATs and school-sponsored activities such as field trips. Additionally, there are scholarships and financial aid available through the support of various organizations, including our home and school associations.
We encourage you to review our Financial Assistance Protocols—Parent/Guardian for information about the resources available to our families and who to contact for assistance. All requests for financial assistance are strictly confidential.
Community Services & Resources
The following is a list of services and resources provided through Wissahickon School District and partner agencies/organizations to support families with financial need. Click on the links for more information.
Cerebral Palsy Group: An online resource for anyone who has been affected by cerebral palsy, birth injuries, or brain injuries. Our team was created so we can provide answers and all types of assistance needed to help improve the quality of life for loved ones and family members with cerebral palsy.
Compassionate Closet-Located in Bethlehem Baptist Church – corner of Dager and Penllyn Pk, Ambler, PA. The Closet features new or gently worn clean clothing, including jewelry and accessories for men, women, and children.
Comcast Internet Essentials: provides low-cost Internet service options
Do Better 4 Steve: A non-profit organization founded by the family of a former Wissahickon School District student, Steve Cammarota. Do Better4 Steve helps underprivileged and disadvantaged youth in our community. This organization is partnered with the Ambler YMCA and Ivy Experience where they could offer free or low cost access to camps, sports, leadership programs, childcare, college prep, tutoring and many other programs. If you would like more information regarding Better 4 Steve please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Internet Access: check out these local locations for free Internet access
Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) Center: COVID resource page
Commonwealth of PA Financial Assistance Information: View the section For Individuals for information about unemployment compensation, rent/mortgage assistance, utilities, etc.
- Bethlehem Baptist Church, 712 Penllyn Pike, Spring House: Food distributions Wednesday 10:00AM-12:30PM, Friday 12:30PM- 1:30PM, Sunday 10:45-11:15. For information call: 215-641-4922
- Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard: 150 N. Main Street, Ambler - provides food items, a boutique with clothing and household items, a nurse screening program (provided by Abington Health Community Health), educational programs, housing assistance and financial aid in emergency situations. Food distributions Monday & Wednesday 9:30AM-11:30AM. For information call: 215-628-3002
- Montco Anti-Hunger Network: A comprehensive list of food pantries available throughout Montgomery County for families.
Interfaith Housing Alliance: provides services including emergency shelter and transitional for displaced families with children, emergency food relief, and case management and supportive services to help families preserve their dignity and work towards self-sufficiency.
(LiHeap) Low income Home Energy Assistance Program: provides federally funded assistance in managing costs associated with: home energy bills, energy crises, weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs
Medical Assistance (Welfare and MA): Children with disabilities are eligible for MA regardless of parent’s income. Other children are eligible; however, eligibility is based on parent’s income. Contact Number: 610-270-3500
Montgomery County Community Connections: Community Connections offices are one-stop service centers in four locations around Montgomery County—Willow Grove, Pottstown, Lansdale and Norristown - which serve as a "front door” to County human services. Any resident who has a human service question can ask a Community Connections Navicate for help and a referral to various resources based on their need.
Community Connection Navicates- versión en español
Parent and Family Support Groups:
- National Alliance of Mental Illness: for Parents & Caregivers of Children & Adolescents with Mental Illness
- Family Mentor and Advocacy Network of Montgomery County: virtual family support group to connect with other parents
Subsidized Housing-Montgomery County Housing Authority: Located at 104 W Main Street, Norristown, PA 19401. Contact Number: 610-275-5720
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Free federal benefit program providing low-income households extra money to buy groceries each month.
El Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria
T.H.A.N.K.S.: Provides financial assistance to underprivileged children grades K-12 to explore extracurricular activities in the areas of education, art, sports and music. Click here to learn how to apply
Triple P: Positive Parenting Program: Free parenting program for parents/caregivers of children ages 0-18. Sessions are offered in English and Spanish.
Weavers Way: “Food for All” program provides 10% discount on all food for families on SNAP, TANIF, WIC or Medicaid. They also have Senior Discount Tuesdays – 10% off for anyone 65 or older.
YMCA Ambler: The YMCA provides financial assistance for summer camps, free 7th Grade memberships to the Y and free teen programs.