2-1-1 UWMC

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.


It’s a bird, it’s a plane, wait…it’s VITA Super Saturday!

Waiting to file your taxes until you have time? Wait no more! The time is this Saturday!




United Way of Marion County is hosting it’s VITA Super Saturday event this weekend. Not only can you file your taxes for FREE by simply walking in on Saturday, you can also participate in financial workshops and talk with bank representatives. All while enjoying refreshments on the house!



Can’t make it this Saturday? Fear not!

You can contact 2-1-1 at at ANYTIME to schedule an appointment at any of the 5 VITA sites in Marion County (yes, that’s right, 5 sites)!

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.


VITA is Vital

“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!

That’s right! Although “tax season” isn’t until after the new year, 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.

We redesigned! How about a revisit?

As most of you know, 2-1-1 can be reached at anytime, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week, by simply dialing 2-1-1.

However, what a lot of our readers don’t know is that 2-1-1 is also available via text (text zip code to 898-211), live web chat, and our comprehensive online resource database.

United Way of Marion County’s 2-1-1 is proud to announce the redesigned 2-1-1 online database. All of United Way of Marion County’s resources are easily accessible for the community online.

Online visitors have the options of searching for the agency by name, the agency’s service area, or service category. Not only is the website more visually appeasing, it is also much more functional and user friendly.

Please take a moment to check out the new and improved online database’s pictorial category system!

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The wait is over! Well, almost over, at least!

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You may have already heard about the great news, but in case you haven’t…

waitlistThe wait list for Ocala Housing Authority’s Section 8 Program will be opening on Saturday, November 5th at 9am.

Yes, you heard that right, THIS SATURDAY!

For our readers who may not be familiar with the Section 8 Program:   Section 8 is a program that assist those with low income to create housing stability by providing a voucher (to those who qualify) that covers a portion of a household’s rent (for landlord’s that accept housing vouchers).

As you can see, Section 8 has a lot of benefits…Are you interested?


Then make sure to contact 2-1-1 or the Ocala Housing Authority for more information and locations!


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

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Text Your Zip Code to 898-211 for Community Resources

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