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“It’ll be here before you know it…”

We’ve all heard that old saying, but this time it is not referring to the holidays.

United Way of Marion County 2-1-1 would like to cordially invite you to file your taxes…FOR FREE!

United Way 2-1-1 encourages you to make your appointment for FREE TAX PREPARATION now!


VITA is here to help you save the day…and money!

So, you may be wondering  who qualifies, how to sign up, and what you need to bring?

Here are the VITA basics:

What is VITA?: FREE tax preparation provided through United Way of Marion County by IRS trained volunteers.

What’s the catch?: THERE IS NO CATCH! Why pay to get your taxes done when you can get them done for free?!?! Not to mention, United Way of Marion County’s VITA program makes sure you receive all the tax credits you qualify for, like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Check this out to see if you may qualify.

How do I sign up?:  There are a variety of ways to make an appointment for free tax preparation. You can: 1) Dial 2-1-1, 2) Text your zip code to 898-211, or 3) chat with a live specialist. If you would rather not go to an appointment that’s okay, too. You can file your taxes yourself online using our VITA website. There is even a helpline to assist those who have questions while filing themselves.

When?: RIGHT NOW. 2-1-1 is available 24/7!


 United Way of Marion County 2-1-1 is committed to enhancing the financial stability of our community, and that doesn’t stop with the free tax preparation.

For more information on financial assistance, budgeting classes, and personal financial counseling please contact 2-1-1.


Displaced by Hurricane Maria?

After the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, many families have traveled to Florida to seek refuge and to re-build. CareerSource of Citrus, Levy and Marion is offering assistance for our fellow Americans from Puerto Rico who are needing assistance with employment services in Marion County.

CareerSource CLM Maria Flyer

CareerSource CLM Maria Flyer in Spanish

For additional information on available community resources:


2-1-1 is available 24/7 via phone (dial 2-1-1), text (zip code to 898-211), and live chat

The Hurricanes Are Gone, But the Damage Isn’t Done

Dealing with the stress of preparation and safety before and during a hurricane can seem overwhelming enough; however, assessing and handling the damages after the storm can seem more than daunting, too. For some it is roof damage. For others it is down trees that need removal. There are even those who have had their entire homes or businesses destroyed.

After a disaster, in our most recent case a hurricane, it is important to contact the appropriate agencies for help with repairs and debris removal. Applying for assistance through FEMA and your home owner’s insurance can be a great place to start. In fact, FEMA has extended their application for assistance deadline to November 24, 2017.

As a community, a number of Marion County social service organizations have recognized that although there are resources to help for those impacted by Hurricane Irma; unfortunately, there a number of households that may not qualify for assistance through those organization or do not have money to meet their insurance deductibles. United Way of Marion County has partnered with a number of other local social service organizations to form the Marion Disaster Recovery Network (MDRN). MDRN was formed to help those who have attempted recovery assistance through the traditional avenues, but were not able to get help.


Marion County Disaster Relief Network offers assistance for the following (to those who qualify):

  • Roof repair
  • Insurance Deductibles
  • Flood damage
  • HVAC
  • Debris Removal
  • Electric/Plumbing Issues
  • Tree Removal
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Other needs may be assessed on a case-by-case basis

Want to know if you may qualify? Click here.

Ready to apply? Click here.

If you or someone you know is still in need of assistance due to damages caused by Hurricane Irma please visit our website or contact 2-1-1 for more information on MDRN.


2-1-1 is available 24/7 via phone (dial 2-1-1), text (zip code to 898-211), and live chat.

Season’s Greetings!


As we greet the beginning of fall, and say farewell to summer we are also reminded of the upcoming holidays (even though the Florida heat has not received the memo). We all know that between the festivities, family, and work that the holidays will be here before we know it.

If you would like to learn more about holiday assistance resources in Marion it is as easy as 1-2-3, or excuse me, as easy as 2-1-1 is more like it!

2-1-1 has updated information on the social service agencies offering holiday assistance with:

Thanksgiving and Christmas Day meals (prepared and enjoyed on-site); Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets (to be prepared at home); and holiday gifts and toys (for children and/or disabled/older adults).

Or, if you are wanting to share the holiday spirit through volunteering, donating, or fundraising please contact 2-1-1 for information on local Marion County agencies.


2-1-1 is available 24/7 via phone (dial 2-1-1), text (zip code to 898-211), and live chat.



Back-to-School Events are back in town!

With summer soon coming to an end it’s time to get prepared for the upcoming school year!




2-1-1 is available 24/7 and can be reached by dialing 2-1-1, texting your zip code to 898-211, or chatting with specialist online.

Summer Break…SPOT!

Summer is here, school is out, and kids are enjoying the break!

How about letting parents enjoy a break, too??

Parents, no need to stress about packing lunches, or stocking up during the week for your growing children!

How, you ask???

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That’s right! Summer Break Spot is back, and now easier to access than ever!

This FREE summer feeding program offers multiples meals throughout the day like breakfast, lunch, and/or snacks for children ages 18 years and younger. No documentation is needed either! Click here for more information on Frequently Asked Questions. 

Keep in mind, it is always best to find the location closest to you, and then call to verify their dates and times. The great thing is, there are a number of ways to find the closest locations near you!

  • Visit the USDA’s Summer Break Spot Map
  • Contact 2-1-1 (phone, text, or chat online)
  • Text the word “FOOD” to 877-877

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As always, remember that 2-1-1 is available 24/7 if you need any type of assistance.


2-1-1 can be reached by dialing 2-1-1, texting your zip code to 898-211, or chatting with specialist online.

Rain or shine, June 1st starts hurricane season

Are you prepared?

Let’s see if you pass the test checklist! 

Hurricane Supply Checklist

The Florida Department of Health is also encouraging the community to prepare for this year’s hurricane season. Click here for preparedness resources and information provided by the Florida Department of Health.

For information on how to assemble your very own hurricane preparedness kit click here.

Like the hurricane season, 2-1-1 is available rain or shine.

I got answers

If you have any questions about who to contact in the event of a hurricane, evacuations, or emergency shelters you can contact 2-1-1 at anytime, 24/7,

via phone (dial 2-1-1), text messaging (text zip code to 898-211),  or web chat with a live specialist.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

33709851906_299a44d37c_z (1)The month of May brings us the opportunity to shed some light on an issue that oftentimes makes people feel left in the dark, Mental Health.


Did you know???


You can find local mental health resources and crisis support by contacting 2-1-1.

2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week via phone (dial 2-1-1), text (text zip code to 898-211), or live web chat.

‘A’ is for April… and Awareness!!

Have you ever seen this and not know what it stands for?


How about this??


April showers not only bring May flowers! It also brings us awareness for two VERY important causes!


Want to connect with local agencies specializing in these efforts?

2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week via phone (dial 2-1-1), text (text zip code to 898-211), or live web chat.



LIHEAP Event… It’s electric!

Needing help with your utilities, but can’t make it to an appointment during the week?


Central Florida Community Action Agency is hosting a LIHEAP Outreach Event to help make electric assistance more accessible for you! How does this Outreach Event different from a normally scheduled LIHEAP appointment, you ask?

It’s going to be held on a Saturday! Saturday, March 18th from 10am-1pm to be exact! Don’t go marking your calendars just yet because this event is by appointment ONLY…make sure to call (352) 732-3008 for an appointment.

Check out the details here, and keep in mind that you can contact 2-1-1 ANYTIME, 24/7, for further electric assistance resources and information.

2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week via phone (dial 2-1-1), text (text zip code to 898-211), or live web chat.


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