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A Little Bird Told Me…



Let’s Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends

helpful-handsThe Beatles were on to something and Marion County is full of friends to lean on. Did you know that 2-1-1 can refer you to over 30 agencies in Marion County that offer support groups to those in need? The types of support groups include: pet loss, post-release from incarceration, breast feeding, LGBTQ, health/disability, mental health, bereavement, victims of crime, parenting, addiction and so much more!

Simply Dial 2-1-1 from any phone for FREE to reach us and ask about support groups near you.

LIVE UNITED: Marion Senior Services Volunteer Spotlight

HelenThis week we are joined by Marion Senior Services as they spotlight one of their phenomenal volunteers, a Meals on Wheels driver, Helen Helvenston.  She shares in her own words below why she loves to LIVE UNITED.

It was many years ago when a friend suggested that I ride along with her on her Meals on Wheels delivery route. I had just retired and was bored. It seemed like a different way to kill time. Little did I know that that invitation would open a new door in my world. (more…)

Q & A: Getting Identifying Documents

IDIf you’ve accessed services in Marion County chances are you have needed a form of ID to receive the services. What if you’ve lost your ID or have never had one? It’s a significant hurdle that many have faced. We wanted to share some tips and information to get you going in the right direction, including agencies who may help with the fees. As requirements and laws around identification are always changing, always visit the links at the bottom of this post to verify current information.

We will focus on: Birth Certificates, State IDs and Social Security Cards. (more…)

United Way 2-1-1 Named as National Referral Service by Epilepsy Foundation

Heart of Florida United Way

2013-07-10-July-Newsletter-2-1-1_Operator2-1-1 is a free, 24-hour information, referral and crisis helpline that links people in need to local health and human service programs. Last year, 2-1-1 responded to more than 200,000 contacts –phone calls, online chats, texts and emails – from Central Floridians in need. (Click here to see the June 2013 report for 2-1-1.)

“We are excited about working with United Way as we transform our information and referral service into a true 24/7 epilepsy information support and help line,” said Paul Scribner, Director of Information and Health Education Services for the Epilepsy Foundation.

“The foundation made test calls to our service and their experience with our 2-1-1 specialists was what tipped the scale in our favor,” said Caree Jewell, Director of Heart of Florida United Way 2-1-1. “I’ve always said we have the best staff ever and now we have even more proof.”

The Epilepsy Foundation of America…

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What’s new at 2-1-1? Beep Beep!

HOUSEcallsLogoWhen we think of services coming to us, we think of pizza, mail, flowers…. but did you know that in Marion County you can also have medical services come to you?

For community members living up in North Marion, Grandma’s Country Pharmacy provides FREE delivery for your prescriptions if you live in Salt Springs, Citra, Orange Springs, Anthony, Fort Mc Coy or Reddick. (Bonus tip: They also provide a free bottle of chewable vitamins every 30 days for each of your children.)

Serving Lake, Marion and Sumter, Wellness on Wheels provides in home health care. If you’re wondering if you can afford the luxury of in home doctor visits, they offer a sliding scale for those who are eligible and they accept most insurances including Medicare.

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