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Best of 2013

Here’s a look back at the top 6 resource posts of 2013!

diaperneed2Before 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.



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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.


From http://www.marysrosaries.com/Q & A: Help With Funeral Expenses: “Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid.” -Langston Hughes

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.


Prescription Bottle - blank label“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.


power_stripDo 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)


leakfaucetDo 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)



Need Help with Mortgage, Employment or Vet Benefits?


Then mark June 22 on your calendar!

Free Mortgage Assistance Event for Struggling Homeowners

The Mortgage Assistance event is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (Multi-Purpose Conference Room), 3300 NW 10th Street, Ocala, FL 33607.

Community Legal Services of Mid Florida (CLSMF) is working with Fannie Mae to provide Florida homeowners struggling with their mortgage payments with an opportunity to receive information regarding their situation and even free mortgage assistance. Homeowners can meet with Fannie Mae representatives, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida counselors and Florida Hardest-Hit Fund (HHF) advisors to determine if they may be able to qualify for HHF assistance and explore other foreclosure prevention options.

Veterans Benefit Assistance Fair:

When: June 22 10a-1p
Where: CF – Klein Center 3001 SW College Rd Ocala, FL 34474
Call: 352-351-1670

Information and Assistance Provided Will Include:

-Veterans Claims Services
-Education Benefits
-Housing/Social Services/Medical Services

Free Job Fair at Hampton Inn Crystal River:

What’s new at 2-1-1?

WhatsNewIn February, 2-1-1  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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