Here’s a look back at the top 6 resource posts of 2013!
Before You Reuse That Diaper: Did you know that 1 out of 3 families struggle to afford diapers for their children in the United States? Some families have had to resort to scraping out and reusing wet or soiled disposable diapers.
Parents: Want someone to make you dinner, take care of your kids, and ease your stress for FREE? You’re in luck! There are a few agencies in Marion County who offer parenting classes to help take the stress out of parenting. The Early Learning Coalition’s Success By 6 “Active Parenting” program is a class for parents with children birth to six years old. “Topics include early literacy, behavior management, child health and safety, childhood development, sign language, car safety for your family, utilizing community resources, reducing parenting stress, and financial stability and budgeting.” All this is FREE! To see all agencies in Marion County who provide parenting classes, click here.
The loss of a loved one can be devastating… and can be devastating financially if you are bearing the burden of the cost on your own. We wanted to share some options for Marion County residents who are financially in need, to help ease the expense. We’re breaking the options down into: Lower Cost, Benefits, and Can’t Pay.
“My medicine costs $290 now that I lost my insurance.” Stories 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.
Do Your Utility Bills Make Your Jaw Drop? Part 1: Anytime is a great time to put in place some energy saving remedies to keep your bills from shooting through the roof(literally and figuratively) with cold and hot weather. 10+ Free/Cheap Ways to Save on Electric (this list is compiled from various utility companies and conservation websites)
Do Your Utility Bills Make Your Jaw Drop? Part 2: Part 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)
With the temperatures dropping below 45, the Salvation Army has added in some extra cots to their community shelter to make more room for community members who are homeless to come in out of the cold.
Alice Hodgkins, the Director of the Center of Hope, let us know how all of us can lend a hand. They currently need donations of blankets, gloves, winter jackets, and knit caps. They also need volunteers to help out at the shelter for a variety of needs, please consider volunteering.
When cold weather is in the forecast, it is important to remember the 5 P’s of Cold Weather Safety:
People: Dress in layers and wear a hat and gloves. It is important to try to stay out of the wind and to stay dry. Also, remember to check on young children and the elderly who are the most sensitive to cold weather.
Pets: Bring outdoor pets inside or give them a warm shelter to stay in.
Plants: Cover cold sensitive plants to protect them from the dangerous temperatures.
Pipes: Cover pipes and allow outdoor faucets to slowly drip to prevent from freezing and breaking.
Practice Fire Safety: Use safe heating sources indoors. Do not use fuel-burning devices such as grills; they release carbon monoxide, which is a deadly gas. Also, make sure to use space heaters according to their instructions and be attentive to open flames.
According to the Florida Department of Health Newsletter this week, Marion County is one of a few counties in the state where flu activity has risen from mild to moderate. Some Floridians are on life support from the flu, and a woman in her 30’s died this weekend from the flu. If you or your children haven’t received their flu shots yet, simply dial 2-1-1 to find out where to go.
State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health John Armstrong was available to the media as he received his flu shot in Marion County, click here to watch the video: FOX 35 News Orlando
The Affordable Care Act health insurance program kicked in on Wednesday. National Public Radio(NPR) shared some statistics in November showing that only a quarter of people who are enrolling are using the website, with the remainder using services such as Certified Application Counselors available in Marion through Heart of Florida Health Center(HFHC). HFHC has assisted approximately 2,000 Marion County residents with health insurance enrollment since October 2013, through their enrollment line, hosting 40 events/presentations, and training 16 people to be Certified Application Counselors.
Don’t want to get insurance or can’t afford it? (more…)