Every now and then, life throws us a curveball that stops us in our tracks. Some of us grapple with paying our bills on time, while others are facing eviction and don’t know where to turn.
Whether you’re searching for information or a resource for someone in the community, dialing 2-1-1 from anywhere in Hardin, Breckinridige, Grayson, LaRue, and Meade Counties can connect you to hundreds of local agencies. Every day across the country, thousands of people call highly trained specialists at 2-1-1 to find food, housing, health care, financial coaching, job training and more. This vital service is part of United Way of Central Kentucky’s effort to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person, in every community.
Here are five ways that 2-1-1 could help you too:
- Filing your taxes, for free.
Depending on your income level, 2-1-1 can help connect you with an easy way to file your taxes for free, in person or online.
- Making sure your new child is growing developmentally.
There is so much information out there about the early stages of child development that it can be hard to understand. 2-1-1 specialists can connect you to free programs like United Way Born Learning Academies or local Community Early Childhood Councils that provide developmental screenings and school readiness services.
- Getting a new job.
Whether you’re looking to re-enter the workforce, upgrade your job or find a new career, contact 2-1-1 and ask about resume review services, employment opportunities, and training programs near you.
- Taking control of your financial future.
Make the most of your hard-earned money with the help of free financial coaching services. Whether you need a one-on-one consultation or want to use an online tool to financially prepare for a change in your life, 2-1-1 can connect you with your options.
- Finding support.
If you, a friend, or a loved one is looking for a therapist, addiction treatment resource, or support group, don’t avoid finding help. 2-1-1 maintains a robust list of resources in your community, including free services, so you can skip the frustration and headache.
Last year, 2-1-1 answered more than 14.3 million requests for help. Call 2-1-1 today to get your question answered, or visit 211.org.
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Greater Twin Cities United Way, and Heart of West Michigan United Way also contributed to this blog