At some point in life, all of us will find ourselves in need of some type of support or assistance - physical, emotional, educational, financial, or otherwise. This support can come from many potential sources including (but not limited to) family, friends, work, church, or community. Historically, one of the greatest challenges has been finding those resources ... no longer!
2-1-1 is a toll-free number that connects people with community resources. By dialing 211, you now have access to information on resources of all types from one central database. People are available to help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Calling the confidential hotline or viewing the websites (see below for each state site) will connect you with hundreds of services in your local community.
What types of community services/resources are available?
BASIC NEEDS - Food, Rent/Mortgage Assistance, Utility Assistance
PHYSICAL/MENTAL HEALTH - Health Care, Counseling, Alcohol/Drug Rehab
WORK INITIATIVES - Educational & Vocational Training, ESL, Job Training
CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES - After-School Programs, Tutoring, Mentoring
SUPPORT FOR SENIORS & DISABLED - Adult Day Care, Meals, Respite Care
This is just a small sampling of the support and assistance programs available. In addition to the free call, each state also has a useful website with a wealth of information and search tools to "find" resources. I've gone ahead and done the legwork and provided a link to each state program below for you... There is also a National Call Center.
211 STATE WEB RESOURCES.
ALABAMA, ALASKA, ARIZONA (unfunded and shut down earlier in the year),
ARKANSAS, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE (NO CALL CENTER OR WEBSITE), FLORIDA, GEORGIA, HAWAII, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW MEXICO, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, PUERTO RICO, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, UTAH, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON DC METRO AREA, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, and WYOMING (NO CALL CENTER OR WEBSITE).