United Way FREE Hotline | 2-1-1
2-1-1 is a FREE service provided by United Way that connects area residents to critical health and social service resources when they need help. From help with a household bill, food assistance, or counseling for suicide prevention, calling United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round. Instead of searching the phone book or internet when faced with a crisis, think of 2-1-1 as your first call for help.
People can reach 2-1-1:
- By phone – Dial 211
- By Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- By Online Chat
- By Text – Text zip code to 898-211
Learn how 2-1-1 it works, check out these videos:
Season of Sharing Fund
Season of Sharing helps individuals and families on the verge of homelessness who reside in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. The funds may be used for rental assistance, utility bills, child care, transportation, food vouchers and other expenses associated with helping families get back on their feet.
Individuals seeking funds, must meet with a caseworker through a social service agency to apply for the funds.
Not sure which agency matches your needs? United Way 2-1-1 assists potential clients in finding an appropriate agency.
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org