FLORENCE, S.C. – The United Way of Florence County again is offering the services of 211 to all residents of Florence County.

By contacting 211 by phone, through the app or by going online, individuals in need of assistance can talk to a live specialist and be connected to a wealth of services and resources in our area.

211 is a vital service operated and funded, in part, by local United Ways that is leveraged by millions of people across North America. Every day, clients contact 211 to access free and confidential counseling services and assistance programs that help with a wide-range of needs.

211 specialists can help connect individuals with:

>> Housing and utilities payment assistance.

>> Health care and insurance assistance.

>> Disaster assistance.

>> Food assistance.

>> Financial education/credit counseling.

>> Job training.

>> Employment services.

>> Veteran services.

>> Child care and family services.

>> Mental health and substance abuse.

>> Senior services.

>> Volunteer opportunities and much more.

No matter the situation, the specialists at 211 listen, identify underlying problems and connect people in need with resources and services in their community that improve their lives. In 2018 alone, 211s in the United States answered almost 11 million calls and almost 1 million texts, chats and emails, helping millions of people with life-changing support.

To contact 211 and use its services, you can call by either dialing 2-1-1 or calling toll free at 866-892-9211. You can also research services and assistance programs through the website at SC211.org or by downloading the SC 2-1-1 app.

211 is free to contact and all inquiries are kept completely confidential. The phone lines and online access areas are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week and are available in more than 180 different languages.

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