Whether you’re job hunting, an elder living alone or a parent needing to stay in touch with your child’s school, it’s hard without a phone. We’d like to share resources for if you need a phone, if you want to donate a phone or if you have a phone and want telemarketers to leave you alone.
I Need A Phone:
If you simply want to be able to dial 9-1-1 in case of an emergency, 2-1-1 can tell you where to go to pick up a free cell phone that only functions for that purpose. If you receive food stamps or Medicaid, you likely already qualify for a Safelink phone (see video below) or a Lifeline discount on your current service. For elders, AARP has their own program to assist with phone needs. For those who are deaf/hard of hearing, 2-1-1 can direct you to agencies who can provide you with a free phone with captioning service.
Stop Calling Me:
Do you already have a phone and solicitors are driving you up the wall? Or do you suspect someone of telemarketing fraud? 2-1-1 can connect you with the Do Not Call Registry and help you report the fraudulent calls. Already on the registry and still getting calls? We can also direct you to the right place to report those callers.
I Want To Give Back:
Do you have an old cell phone collecting dust that you want to donate? 2-1-1 can connect you to the many resources in Marion County who would be happy to accept your donation.