2-1-1 UWMC

2-1-1 Day

Did you know?

February 11th is known as 2-1-1 day, a time to celebrate and promote the services that we provide to the community.

It all starts with a phone call, text message or online chat. Community members reach out to 2-1-1 everyday to be connected with resources, non profits and social services in their area, or nationwide in some cases, that offer help that they are in need of. 2-1-1 maintains a database of these resources to be a reliable one-stop shop for this helpful information. We then follow up with  callers to check on their situation after reaching out to 2-1-1, after all not all issues an be addressed or resolved in one phone call.


If you are in need of assistance, 2-1-1 is available 24/7 via phone (dial 2-1-1), text (zip code to 898-211) and live chat


VITA has begun!

“…the only certainties in life are Death and Taxes.”

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 4) Schedule an appointment online. If you would rather not go to an appointment that’s okay, too. You can file your taxes yourself online using our VITA website.

When?: RIGHT NOW. 2-1-1 is available 24/7! The IRS is able to accept returns despite the current government shut down, however, there may be a delay in receiving a refund.

What do I need to bring?: The IRS has a list of documents required for using the VITA service, make sure you bring all required documentation to your appointment.

 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.

Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment

It’s that time of year again! Cooler weather, the holidays, and….the deadline for open enrollment!

That’s right! The Health Insurance Marketplace’s open enrollment deadline is December 15th!

With only a few days left to enroll, make sure you have the information you need to make sure you’re covered. You can even look for a local representative to answer health insurance questions.


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

‘Tis the Season for Volunteering!

Looking for a volunteering opportunity?

United Way of Marion County provides free tax preparation assistance to our community through the VITA Program. 2-1-1 schedules these free tax prep appointments with one of United Way of Marion County’s IRS trained, tax preparation volunteers.

See below for how to become a volunteer yourself!


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

Hurricane Preparedness

Create your very own hurricane plan by visiting FloridaDisaster.org


Here is a checklist of emergency supplies suggested by the Marion Emergency Management.

Find out more information through their Facebook and website.

Most importantly, be prepared and stay safe!



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.



Smile…and Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day!

National Tooth Fairy Day is August 22nd!

Did you know…

The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day!

The ADA also recommends that you see your dentist regularly for prevention AND treatment!

Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day by contacting 2-1-1 for information on affordable dental services near you!




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.

Living United Through Strong Families

United Way of Marion County’s Strong Families Initiative has come to the Dunnellon area!

Currently seeking participants and volunteer mentors!

What is Strong Families?

Strong Families provides individuals and families with comprehensive resources, wraparound support and the services they need to reach real and lasting financial stability.  The initiative helps participants build stronger financial futures by acquiring skills and education, obtaining better jobs and developing good financial habits.

Throughout the program, Strong Families Success Coaches meet with families individually to provide one-on-one coaching. After completing the skill building sessions, families have the opportunity to be matched with a volunteer mentor to provide further coaching and encouragement. Each adult will be able to enjoy a new presenter every week from Budget, credit, goal setting, Barriers of Poverty and so much more.  With attendance each week, participants will receive an incentive $20 Walmart card, so this will be over $300 if participants commit to a perfect attendance and committee to your personal goals.

The program was first launched in 2016 by United Way of Marion County in Ocala. Since then, the program has expanded in size and scope. Strong Families graduates have achieved, permanent stable housing, advanced their education, and increased their household income. The addition of Dunnellon as a second location was made possible through a private foundation donation and is part of Progress Dunnellon. An initiative led by United Way of Marion County, the City of Dunnellon and fifteen other partners, Progress Dunnellon is a multi-year effort to combat poverty in Southwest Marion County utilizing the 2 Gen Poverty Alleviation model.

Where is Strong Families in Dunnellon?

Skill building sessions are held at the First United Methodist Church in Dunnellon.

When is Strong Families?

Dunnellon Strong Families Class 2 starts July 30 to November 12, 2018 for 15 weeks, we are searcher for 15-20 families that are committed to a strong future.  Every Monday night there will be a hot meal served for the whole family and day care offered at the Harmony Day Care, located at the Dunnellon First United Methodist Church.

How do you sign up for Dunnellon Strong Families?

Interested families, referral organizations, and volunteers are encouraged to contact United Way of Marion County. For more information, please call Pebbles Vance, Strong Families Success Coach at 352-732-9696 ext. 215, email pvance@uwmc.org or visit www.uwmc.org/strong-families


We are very excited to see this commitment to the families in Dunnellon and Southwest Marion County

– Scot Quintel, President of the United Way of Marion County




For additional community resources contact 2-1-1 at anytime!


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




Hurricane Maria Evacuees Resource Fair

United Way of Marion County, in partnership with CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, Marion County Public Schools the Early Learning Coalition of Marion County, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, and Rural Women’s Health Project will be hosting a Community Help, Hope & Resource Fair on Saturday, May 19 from 10 am to 2 pm at CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, located at 2703 NE 14th Street, Ocala.

The event is free to those in the community displaced due to Hurricane Maria and will feature over 20 agencies offering information and assistance. Topics will include; housing, education, childcare, legal issues, health care information, English classes, employment and more. For more information on this event, please call 2-1-1, 877-215-4495 or 352-671-6870.

Additional Spanish speaking volunteer translators are needed. Space is also still available to area nonprofits who provide services in these areas. To volunteer or inquire about hosting a booth, please contact Faith Beard at United Way of Marion County at 352-732-9696 or fbeard@uwmc.org.


For additional community resources contact 2-1-1 at anytime!


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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