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Feeling Famous?

code_red_smallDid you get a call or an email from Sheriff Chris Blair this week? If you didn’t we wanted to help spread the word.

Most people hear “CodeRed” and think of movies. Right here in Marion County we have a CodeRED Emergency Notification System. When you sign up for it, the system sends you alerts during emergencies, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash floods, and additional general notifications if you’d like them. You can get the alerts on your email or phone(call or text).

2-1-1 is a great way to learn about disaster preparedness and emergency resources, so give us a call, text us(send your zip code to 898-211) or hey, you’re online now – you can even chat with us live. Call us to learn about programs like signing up for the special needs registry, weatherization programs to help fix a hole in your roof, or how to protect your house from wildfires. Forgot the non-emergency number for the Sheriff or your local police? We have that too, simply dial 2-1-1 for free 24 hours a day!


Back to School!

BacktoSchoolParents, we want to help smooth out the back to school process by letting you know when programs will be happening so you can space things out this summer to help reduce Back to School stress!


I’ve never asked for help before…

Did you know that on average 7,000, about half, of the 2-1-1 callers for Marion County are calling us for the first time? Many of the 7,000 have never asked for help before. Some of our callers who are un- or underemployed have master’s degrees, some are highly experienced professionals. According to a study commissioned by the United Way of Florida and carried out by Rutgers, 28% of all households in Marion County have limited savings and insufficient income, even though they are employed.

We want to share a game created by Urban Ministries of Durham, called Spent, where you can get a sense of the types of situations that can lead to any of us asking for help. While the exact numbers used in the game don’t necessarily match up with average Marion County expenses, the struggles faced are the same. We also want to share a documentary, also called Spent, on how easy it can be to end up walking into a check cashing business, and the downward spiral that can follow.

The good news? That’s why we are here. Marion County has a number of programs available to help and agencies who will often go the extra mile. Simply dial 2-1-1 for banking resources for those who need a bank, even if you have credit problems. Facing any of the obstacles presented in the Spent game or film we shared? We’re here to listen, share resources and help you brainstorm ideas.


Feeling inspired to do something to LIVE UNITED? 2-1-1 and the United Way can get you plugged in to give your time or money to help the 44% of Marion County community members who are in poverty or barely getting by. Give us a call.

Happy 4th of July!

While 2-1-1 will be open tomorrow, many people will be off celebrating our Independence Day! We wanted to share with you some FREE (food is not free – so bring your own to keep costs down) options to celebrate the 4th in Marion County. Make sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Have a great time and be safe!


  • Williston will be hosting a parade at 5p on July 3rd down Main St and will have fireworks, rides, games, and food over at Horseman’s Park at 6p.
  • Belleview will be partying it up from 2-10p on July 4th with live music, fireworks, face painting and more.
  • Ocala will be hosting the Red White and Blues Festival on July 3rd 6-9 pm at Citizen’s Circle. Music, food and the splash pad will be available.
  • Ocala will be hosting a Patriotic Celebration at Circle Square on July 4th from 5 – 9:30 pm. There will be music, food, face painting, a skydiver tribute, fireworks, and a WWII plane fly over. It will be $5 for parking.
  • God & Country Day will occur on July 4th starting at 1pm, fireworks at 8:30p, at the corner of County Road 225A and U.S. 27 in NW Ocala. The event is free to attend, they are asking for a donation for parking, but it is not required. There will be fireworks, bounce houses, water slides, entertainment, food, crafts and more.
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