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Where Do I Go To Find….

mapHave you ever wanted to see all the food pantries or public libraries in Marion County laid out on a map? Well 2-1-1’s database can do just that. When you search for a service in our online database, once you select the service you are looking for, simply click on “Map All” at the top of the page and all of the agencies in the results will pop up on a labeled map. You can click on the icon for the agency closest to you and it even gives you the option to “Get Directions to Here”.

We hope you will like this feature as much as we do.

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Perfect Outfit for Prom… Free

promComing up on March 15th from 10a-3p at Munroe Auxiliary Center, Lindsey’s Dresses for Hope will be giving out incredible formal wear for prom including dresses, shoes and jewelry for FREE.  Call 2-1-1 for more details!

Nationwide Service? Sure Thing.

flag2-1-1 doesn’t just serve Marion County, we are nationwide*. Do you have family or friends in need who live outside of the area? Let them know about 2-1-1. You can also call and advocate on their behalf. Simply dial 2-1-1 and let the information and referral specialist where your loved one lives and we can tell you the 10 digit number to reach their local 2-1-1. Marion County 2-1-1 also has thousands of listings of statewide and nationwide resources. (more…)

A Horse is a Horse Unless of Course…

horsetherapy According to www.ocalamarion.com, Marion County is the horse capital of the world. When most people think of therapy, they think of sitting on a couch and talking with a counselor. Did you know that horses make great therapists? Now, we don’t mean they’re going to start talking like our old friend Mr. Ed… Equestrian therapy, also known as equine therapy or hippotherapy, helps both as a form of physical therapy as well as psychotherapy.  (more…)

Who Let the Dogs Out?

DogsOutMemeIs there a stray dog or a bear wandering around your neighborhood? You’re in luck, 2-1-1 can get you connected to Marion County government services such as animal services and control. They can help relocate the bear to a safer place and match the dog up with a loving owner.

Did you know that right now there are over 60 dogs and 40 cats available (and even 2 horses) to adopt in Marion county? There are some eligibility requirements in order for you to adopt, so check those out before you head on down. No need to purchase a pet at a pet store because these loving and adorable pets would love to come live with you! If you lost your four legged friend, check out their Lost Pet Finder and check back frequently.

Of course, don’t forget to protect your pet by getting them vaccinated, licensed and chipped… all services that Marion County Animal Services can provide. Florida Teaching Zoo can also assist with pet vaccinations. Depending on your situation, 2-1-1 can even connect you with a resource to help you feed your dog.

Q & A: Goodbye Hurricanes, Hello Fire

floridadisaster.orgThe end of hurricane season is just around the corner on November 30th, but did you know that wildfire season in Florida is 12 months long? However, according to floridadisaster.org, “most wildfires occur during the January-June period when tropical moisture is cut off to the state and cold fronts bring dry, windy conditions”. While wildfire is good for the forests, Florida has the second highest number of wildfires in the nation, and sometimes they can negatively impact our communities.

There are some great tips for fire prevention that can be found by simply dialing 2-1-1 to get the information for your local department of emergency management or fire department. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is a great source of information about what programs are in place to prevent wildfires. Floridadisaster.org has information for children and adults about what we can do in our homes and communities to prevent and prepare for a possible fire. They also have a great page for kids to learn more about wildfires and other natural disasters that affect Florida.

Did you know that you can visit the Ocala National Forest website to see what level the fire risk is on a daily basis?

Are You a Wanderer?

lost“Not all those who wander are lost”… but for those who are, Marion County has your back. Anyone who has had a family member, who suffers from memory loss or has special needs, wander off can attest to the fear it can strike in your heart. Thankfully Marion County police and sheriff’s departments have programs where you can go to get something called an identification device. Some programs provide a medic alert type of bracelet or necklace and others simply keep a photo and information on file to facilitate quick reunification with caregivers.

To find out where to go to get a device for your loved one, simply dial 2-1-1 and we can point you in the right direction.

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…)

A Little Bird Told Me… About Disaster Behavioral Health and Preparedness

PHE logo2-1-1 Marion County joined in on a conversation about Behavioral Health and Disaster Preparedness today on Twitter #TalkWithUs.  Below we are sharing some links to resources that were shared during the conversation.

United Way 2-1-1

Phone App: Tactical Breather

Phone Apps – Public Health Emergency

American Psychological Association : Help Center

American Psychological Association : Road to Resilience after a traumatic event

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Q & A: Help With Funeral Expenses

From http://www.marysrosaries.com/

“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. (more…)

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