T-CETRA Announced As Technology Partner With NeighborRelief™ To Process Payments For Essential Services

—Firm will help the underserved in several Ohio communities receive donations—  

DUBLIN, OH (January 282021)—T-CETRA and the GroundWork group have announced a joint partnership to form NeighborRelief™a crowd fundraising platform aimed at helping the underserved in the Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, Toledo, and ChillicotheOhio communities receive donations and grants to pay for services such as gas, electric, rent, and wireless phone services T-CETRA, a leading financial technology solutions enabler headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, co-conceptualized the NeighborRelief™ program to help nonprofits share a story of neighbors in need of temporary assistance of essential services and engage their donors in providing financial support. Using T-CETRA’s proprietary solution, NeighborRelief™ can transfer payments to cell phone providers in real-time within a safe, secure payment transaction framework.  

The NeighborRelief™ fundraising platform is the first and only 100% transparent solution focused specifically on helping nonprofits administer and successfully engage donors in financial assistance programs.  Through T-CETRA’s API integration, donors helping a neighbor in need receive confirmation that their taxdeductible donation gift, was transferred directly to the appropriate cell phone and wireless service provider to avoid service shutoffs This creates a secure, fast, efficient, payment process while allowing nonprofit staff to spend more time helping neighbors overcome underlying barriers to a better life. This fundraising platform additionally engages a new generation of donors who want an intimate connection to their neighbors and reassurance that their donation is going directly for its intended purpose.  

“We are proud to be the technology partner for NeighborRelief™, transforming donations into direct payments for essential services that help our neighbors. Innovation and compassion are two of our core values at T-CETRA and the T-CETRA Foundation. We are united in purpose with the NeighborRelief™ program to offer a helping hand to friends who are struggling and to utilize our technical aptitude to create opportunities for goodwill and amity within our communities,” according to Abdul Akel, Founder and CEO of T-CETRA.  

NeighborRelief™ is proud to support a variety of service partners, such as Kroger, Verizon, AT&T, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Toledo Edison, City of Toledo Water, First Energy, AEP and many others To see the full list of partners, please visit 

Additionally, NeighborRelief™ is generously supported by the T-CETRA Foundation, The Tony Wells Foundation, The United Way of Central Ohio, and Google. For a full list of sponsors, please visit 

About T-CETRA 

 T-CETRA is a leading financial technology enabler that converts cash payments into secure, auditable, cashless transactions at over 10,000 retail locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico that primarily serve cash preferred customers. Our payment solutions bridge the digital divide for these underserved communities and are used by Fortune 500 companies within the wireless, online marketplace, subscription based premium service, transportation, healthcare, charitable, and government sectors, connecting them to the 84.8 million un/derbanked individuals in the U.S. 

VIDAPAY, our proprietary cloud-based payment portal, helps these retailers mitigate risk and increase sales. Its intuitive interface enables retailers to manage customer accounts in real-time within a safe, secure payment transaction framework.  To learn more, please visit

Media Contact: Heidi Ames, Communications Manager 



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