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“My medicine costs $290 now that I lost my insurance.”

Prescription Bottle - blank labelStories like this are sounding all too familiar here at 2-1-1. When work hours are cut by an employer to the point that an employee loses their health insurance, they can be left with very high medical expenses and not enough income to pay the costs. Until you are able to get insurance again, here are 5 ways to try to get those prescription costs down.

  1. Some manufacturers have their own Patient Assistance Program which will provide the medication for low cost or sometimes even for free. Look up your medications online and see if the manufacturers have a program and if you qualify. Here’s an example of a diabetes medicine manufacturer discount program.
  2. 2-1-1 or the United Way can mail you a Discount prescription card like Familywize which has NO QUALIFICATIONS or requirements. Anyone  can use them. The level of discount varies depending on the medication. (more…)

2-1-1 Marion Needs a Volunteer!

tablingHelp spread the word about 211! We need an outreach volunteer to help us by attending community events in Marion County and talking to community members and agencies about 2-1-1’s critical service to the community. You would also identify ways we can partner with agencies to best support Marion County residents. So what does this volunteer opportunity involve?  When attending an event if someone you are speaking with identifies that they want to volunteer, you can share volunteer opportunities with them. If someone shares that they want to be listed as a resource with 2-1-1, you can give them an application to fill out.  If someone discloses that they need resources, you can offer to help them call, text or chat with 2-1-1 to get the resources they need. Do you think this blog is amazing? You can help us make it even better by suggesting content and promoting the blog through social media and at community events. Please visit the Volunteer Resource Center and let us know if you are interested in volunteering with us.

Not sure? Our previous outreach volunteer shared: “I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend tabling events and learn how important it is to get people connected to needed resources. Work like this is so imperative to society as well as the individuals who are in need.”

211 has served over 12,000 people in Marion County in 2012. Everyone we followed up with said they were happy with the service 2-1-1 provided! With over half of those calls being the first time that folks are reaching out to 211, it’s important to continue letting the community know about how 211 is an amazing resource. (more…)

National Victim Rights Week

mystrengthpc1This week is National Victim Rights week! Check out the events below:

Mon 4/22 11a-12p Opening Ceremony, downtown Ocala

Tues 4/23 5:30-8:30p Safety Workshop @ Marion County Sheriff’s Dept (692 NW 30th Ave Ocala, FL 34475)

Wed 4/24 3-5p Domestic/Dating Violence Workshop @ Ocala Police Department (402 South Pine Avenue Ocala, Florida 34471)

Thurs 4/25 12p Victims Remembrance Ceremony @ the Courthouse (110 NW 1st Ave  Ocala, FL 34475)

Call 352-369-7139 to RSVP or for more info.

What Can I Do?

  1. Volunteer with an agency that works to Build Safe Communities. Contact 2-1-1 for volunteer opportunities near you.
  2. Shift from being a bystander to becoming an ally (this linked article refers to children, but it applies to adults as well). All community members play an important role in preventing and ending violence in our communities, through compassion, understanding and mentorship. Call 2-1-1 to get connected with local agencies who can teach you how.
  3. Begin within. Ask yourself these questions and if answering them leads to a self-awareness that you need support and want to change, give 2-1-1 a call. We want to support you and can connect you to resources who can support you through that change. Another good question to ask is, “Would someone else answer yes to these questions if they answered them about me?” Marion County has 4 agencies who support those who struggle with anger management and controlling behavior. Give 2-1-1 a call and we can share their information with you to get you started.

Do Your Utility Bills Make Your Jaw Drop? Part 2

leakfaucetPart 2 in a 2 part series. Anytime is a great time to put in place some water saving remedies to keep your bills from drying up your bank account.

10 Free/Cheap Ways to Save on Water
(this list is compiled from various utility companies and conservation websites)

Take Me to the Water.

  1. Turn it off. Washing dishes by hand? Put soapy water in a bowl or sink basin to wash the dishes(wash the greasy ones last), and fill another basin with clean water to rinse.   Taking a shower? Turn the water off while you lather up. Brushing your teeth? Turn off the faucet while you brush.
  2. Fill it up. Does your toilet use more than 1.6 gallons per flush? Fill up a half gallon jug (you can use water, sand, anything heavy) or a brick and put it in the tank on the back of the toilet. It’s easiest to do it right after you flush the toilet. Make sure the object  is steady and won’t fall over – this might damage the flushing mechanism. Close the tank back up and you’re done. The toilet will use less water to flush.
  3. Thaw it out. Defrost your food overnight in the fridge instead of using running water. (more…)

Look for the Helpers, Be the Caring People in this World

rogers-framedIn the wake of disaster, especially when it is far away, you can be left with a desire to act, but wondering: What Can I Do? There is a meme with a quote from Mr. Rogers which has been making the rounds on the internet:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” — Mister Rogers

Even though the disaster may be far away, there is so much that we can do right here in our county to be the caring people in this world, to be the helpers, in the aftermath of a disaster and in our every day lives. 2-1-1 would like to share a list of ways you can help below. Please dial 2-1-1 to get connected to local resources where you can get started. (more…)

Free Health Screenings with Blood Donation Tomorrow


“The City of Ocala will be hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, April 16, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The One Blood mobile will be located in the parking lot at the corner of Ft. King Street and Osceola, next to City Hall. All donors will receive a free custom T-shirt, plus a wellness checkup including blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening. All blood donors must have a photo ID.

To make an appoint, visit www.fbcdonor.org and use the account number M1XW. If you have any questions, please contact Public Communication Coordinator, Pamela Calero, at pcalero@ocalafl.org.”

LIVE UNITED: American Red Cross

This week we welcome a guest blogger with the American Red Cross, Alex Glenn, to highlight one of their volunteers, Terry Kinder!

ARC Volunteer Spotlight“Terry is a full time student at the University of Florida who is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree majoring in history and looking to complete her Master’s Degree in Education. She also is full time mother of a 7 year old son and still finds the time to help out at the American Red Cross.  She has been volunteering with the American Red Cross for almost a year now.  Terry is probably one of the first voices you hear from ARC in Marion, Hernando and Citrus Counties if you learned about ARC through the United Way Volunteer Resource Center.  She is the volunteer managing the United Way account, enters in all the positions, and follows up with each volunteer who was referred through the website.  It’s because of the work of volunteers such as Terry that the American Red Cross can do what it does which is prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  Terry, we thank you.”

Volunteer Resource Center & American Red Cross working together:

A Little Bird Told Me…

… A Collection of Tweets from Marion County Non-Profits & Beyond:




What’s new at 2-1-1?

WhatsNewIn March at 2-1-1 we added the following programs and agencies to our database for Marion County. Below each agency/program you’ll see “Ask 2-1-1”, these are the key terms you can use to look up the resources on your own via our online database, or when you call 2-1-1 you can mention those terms to the Information and Referral Specialist to get a list of resources for that service in your area. (more…)

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