People impacted by the federal government shutdown – furloughed federal employees and government contractors in need of social services and individuals with questions about availability of public benefits – can call 2-1-1 Colorado Information and Referral at United Way of Weld County to help get connected effectively to the assistance they need. Search and live chat is also available at UnitedWay-Weld.org/211. Text your zip code to 898-211.

Our 2-1-1 resource navigators help people connect to human services needed during times of crisis and challenge such as the government shutdown, and they can refer or connect people to food pantries, health care services and utility and eviction prevention assistance. Callers also can receive information on mental health counseling, transportation, job training, substance use recovery services, parenting resources, after-school programs, senior resources, child care and volunteer opportunities.

2-1-1 is a confidential referral and information service that connects people from all communities throughout Colorado. United Way of Weld County has delivered 2-1-1 services to Region 1/northeast Colorado since 2003. 2-1-1 Colorado maintains a comprehensive database of all services for Colorado residents.