Friday, May 15, 2009

Community resources available for residents in need

Every hour of every day, someone in the United States needs essential services—and the Marshfield area is no exception. A single mom is looking to secure adequate child care, a family is searching for social options for a disabled relative or an adult son needs help caring for his aging parents.

In these uncertain economic times the need for information about our local programs is even more important. It's not always obvious where to turn when you or someone you know is struggling. It could be due to job loss, illness or simply stressful and uncertain economic times, but help is available.

Take out the confusion and start with the Help for Hard Times Guide at

This guide was compiled by United Way’s 2-1-1—putting common resources in one place so residents can start to find solid footing. The guide outlines information about resources like food banks, rent assistance, utility assistance, support groups, counseling, financial assistance, transportation information and more.

Rather speak to a person than read? Or you have additional questions? Dial 2-1-1, you will be connected to a trained and friendly operator who has a database of community programs at his or her fingertips to help you find what you’re looking for.

When you call 2-1-1 you receive confidential information or referrals to human services for every day needs or more complex problems. With an changing amount of programs and services is available, it can often be confusing to know the right place to call. In many cases people end up going without necessary and readily available services because they did not know where to start.

School will be out in a couple of months and it’s a perfect opportunity for you to pick up the phone and utilize 2-1-1’s resources. You can learn about the range of age-appropriate activities for your children. This may include your local library’s hours and how to get involved in its summer reading program or details about summer camp options and other local recreation programs.

Marshfield Area United Way and United Way of Inner Wisconsin partner to provide the Marshfield area 2-1-1 services, available 24 hours a day, everyday.

Get connected to the information you are looking for any time day or night by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting

Contributed by Stacey Oelrich, United Way’s 2-1-1 Program Coordinator and Communications Director

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