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Emergency anniversary

Waterloo (KWWL) - United Way 2-1-1 marks its Fifth Anniversary in Eastern and Southeastern Iowa on Wednesday, February 11, 2009. United Way 2-1-1 is a free, confidential service that connects individuals and families to community resources and the services they need, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional will listen to your situation, access a database of health and human services providers and then give you information about the most appropriate community services. Since 2004, over 183,000 calls have been made to 2-1-1 for assistance.

During the floods of 2008, United Way 2-1-1 responded immediately to assist those who needed help. Between June and October 2008, United Way 2-1-1 answered over 28,000 disaster-related calls. 2-1-1 connected community members to disaster assistance, information and referral, financial assistance, emergency shelter and food resources.

"When I needed them, I knew they were there to help me," said Marcy. Marcy evacuated her Cedar Rapids home on Thursday, June 12, 2008 and later called

2-1-1 when she returned to her home and needed assistance moving furniture and again when Jump Start funding became available. United Way 2-1-1 plays a vital role in disaster relief, recovery and rebuilding stages.

United Way 2-1-1 serves the residents of 24 counties in Eastern and Southeastern Iowa and partners with Cedar Valley United Way, United Way of East Central Iowa, United Way of Johnson County, United Way of Mahaska County, United Way of Wapello County and Waverly-Shell Rock Area United Way.

United Way 2-1-1 offers connections to resources that help individuals and families get on their feet to maintain independence and self-sufficiency. "We know that more people are finding themselves in need of help because of the recent economic crisis and natural disasters," says Chris Juett, 2-1-1 Program Manager. "One call to United Way 2-1-1 gives you access to resources across your community."


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