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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.

This Award is for You!

awardWe wanted to say a big THANK YOU! We are so grateful for our followers, the agencies who provide the services the 2-1-1 blog writes about, and all those who have contributed content to our blog over the past year. The Florida Public Relations Association gave us an Award of Distinction for the Category of Audio/Visual/Online Tools of Public Relations and Online Audience Engagement!

The First Duty of Society is Justice.

buzzfeed.com“The first duty of society is justice.” – Alexander Hamilton

2-1-1 has many listings for local, state and national legal counseling services covering issues such as immigrationelder lawliving willstrust preparationadult guardianship and more.

These agencies in Marion County take the commitment to justice to heart and provide free or sliding scale legal services to families with low incomes. A post about legal services wouldn’t be complete without a disclaimer. Always clarify with the agencies as services and fees may change over time.


Raise the Roof

houseHousing is consistently the #1 reason Marion County residents call 2-1-1, making up about 25% of our calls. With Section 8 and the Public Housing waiting list closed until the fall of 2014 as well as most HUD low-income housing units having wait lists of a year or more,  we wanted to dig in a little deeper and look at some other options for folks looking for housing they can afford when times are tough financially. (more…)

What’s new at 2-1-1? Planning Ahead

WhatsNewBacktoSchoolParents, do you remember last summer… school year rapidly approaching, long lines to get school supplies, last minute appointments for immunizations? We wanted to help smooth out the process by letting you know when back to school programs will be happening so you can space things out this summer to help reduce Back to School stress!


A Little Bird Told Me…

… A Collection of Tweets from Marion County Non-Profits & Beyond:

Do you pay a lot for gas? Stay tuned to the 2-1-1 Marion County Blog on 5/17 we will share tips on reducing your gas costs! (more…)

A Little Bird Told Me…

… A Collection of Tweets from Marion County Non-Profits & Beyond:




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