If your unemployment benefits are set to expire, consider calling 211, the Bay Area’s community information line. 211 specialists can help people find financial counseling and assistance, child care, job training, food and discounted utility programs. 211 is a resource for people who need help during these tough times, but don’t know where to start. [...]
GET HELP: The holidays are right around the corner, and United Way wants people in need to get connected! Call 211 today to find out about holiday assistance programs, such as free holiday meals, food baskets, toys, adopt-a-family programs, and counseling for the holiday blues.. Because of the recession, demand for holiday help is expected to be [...]
Domestic violence is on the rise due to lasting unemployment and increased financial strains on families caused by the recession. Economic stresses often lead to more frequent abuse and can make it harder for victims to leave abusive relationships because they lack financial resources. Yuri, a call center specialist for United Way’s 2-1-1, shared a [...]
KCBS’ Bob Butler reports, “More Bay Area residents appear to be reaching out for help, many describing themselves as first-time callers to the nonprofit 211 center, run by United Way.” Listen to the 50-second audio clip.
2-1-1 was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Get to Work” blog. The blog contains a wealth of information about “how to find, get and keep work.” Read “One-stop phone guide to social services available at 2-1-1.”
2-1-1, United Way’s community information line, is so important during these tough economic times. Finding help can be confusing and intimidating, but 2-1-1 makes it easy. 2-1-1’s trained and caring specialists are helping thousands of Bay Area residents find the help they need. Joanna, a 2-1-1 Bay Area call specialist, shared a story about a call [...]
United Way released 2-1-1 Bay Area call data, which shows the region’s community information line handled 74,646 calls in the first half of 2009, up 35% from the same period in 2008. During this time period, requests for help with basic needs – such as food, shelter, and clothing – soared 33%, compared to the first [...]
United Way’s Lorne Needle was a guest on KALW’s political affairs call-in program, “Your Call” discussing the topic, “Will Nonprofits Survive State Budget Cuts?” Learn more about Lorne, United Way Vice President of Community Investment, in his “Meet the Experts” profile.
The San Francisco Food Bank recently launched an advertising campaign designed to reach San Franciscans who are facing hunger for the first time. United Way’s 2-1-1 phone service is featured prominently in the ads, which direct all people seeking food to call 2-1-1. “The convenience of being able to direct people to United Way’s 2-1-1 [...]
United Way’s Lorne Needle was recently interviewed on Comcast Newsmakers about our Road to Recovery campaign. Lorne spoke about the importance of charitable donations during these tough economic times. He also explained how 2-1-1 is a resource for working families who may need assistance, but are not sure where to turn. Watch the video below, or catch the segment on Bay Area [...]