Dial 2-1-1 or 1-877-502-0700 or text your zip code to 898211 for FREE, confidential, 24-hour information and referral assistance for: 
Housing • Shelter • Food • Legal Aid • Clothing  Education • Counseling • Utility Assistance • Health Care • Transportation

 
What is 2-1-1?
2-1-1 is a national dialing code for free access to health and human service information and referral. 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember number that helps connect individuals and families in need to community-based organizations. Today, 2-1-1 reaches approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population.

Why 2-1-1?
2-1-1 is easy to use and helps track gaps, duplication and trends in social services. 2-1-1 is essential in disaster relief, helping reduce non-emergency calls to 911 by connecting victims, donors and volunteers with social service agencies. 2-1-1 can also be good for business because it helps employees through crises.

Are there charges for calling 2-1-1?
There are no charges for calls from landline phones; calls are free from most pay phones. However, normal usage minutes and taxes apply to cell phone users.
 
Where is 2-1-1 available?
United Way of Allen County’s 2-1-1 call center serves Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, Noble, St. Joseph, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. Currently, 100 percent of all Hoosiers can receive service by dialing 2-1-1. The United Way 2-1-1 service center opened in November 2003. 
 
What does the system cost?
It is estimated that 2-1-1 costs communities an average of $1.50 per person for the area served. Your United Way/United Fund gift helps support this critical service. United Ways and United Funds in Indiana are a primary supporter of the Indiana 2-1-1 Partnership and IN211 Centers. All active IN211 Centers rely on United Way/United Fund support and some receive up to 95 percent of their total annual budget from United Way/United Fund contributions.
 
How many people use 2-1-1?
In 2015, My United Way 2-1-1 Services took over 45,000 calls. They addressed over 57,000 needs through their database of nearly 6,000 resources. Most of the calls were related to basic needs like food, clothing, shelter, and financial assistance for rent and utilities.
 

For more information on 2-1-1, go to  www.myunitedway2-1-1.org or call Jaimie Ferren, Director of 2-1-1 Services, at (260) 469-4030.