Life can throw us challenges. It doesn’t matter who we are, where we live or how much money we have in the bank. None of us are immune to challenges that can stop us in our tracks.  Whether it is the loss of a loved one, a notice that your child care provider has decided to move to another state, the realization that a family member is suffering from depression or your recent job loss finds it impossible to pay your rent, none of us are immune. 

Whether you’re searching for information or resources for someone else, chances are that dialing 2-1-1 or going to the 2-1-1 page on the United Way of Weld County website can help solve the problem. Every day, thousands of people call, text and web chat with trained specialists at 2-1-1 to find food, housing, health care, financial coaching, after-school care, senior services, job training and more. This vital service is part of United Way’s effort to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.

Here are just five ways that 2-1-1 could help you, too:

  1. Filing your taxes for free.

Depending on your income level, 2-1-1 can help connect you with an easy way to file your taxes for free.

  1. Making sure your new child is growing developmentally.

There is so much information out there about the early stages of child development that it can be hard to understand.  2-1-1 specialists can connect you to someone who can help.

  1. Getting a new job.

Whether you’re looking to re-enter the workforce, upgrade your job or find a new career, contact 2-1-1 and they can refer you to programs that help with employment opportunities and training programs.

  1. Help with basic services.

Unexpected life circumstances can put families in situations where they need help with food, clothing, transportation or housing. 2-1-1 has a complete list of programs so that precious time is spent navigating these basic need services effectively.

  1. Finding Support.

If you, a friend, or a loved one is looking for a therapist, addiction treatment, resource or support group, don’t spend hours searching online or simply avoiding finding help. 2-1-1s maintain a robust list of resources in your community, including free services, so you can skip the frustration and headache.

Last year, 2-1-1 answered more than 14.3 million requests for help nationwide, on the phone, via text and web chat. In Weld County, your 2-1-1 answered 8,413 requests for help last year. Call 2-1-1 today to get your question answered or visit Your United Way is here for you.

Jeannine Truswell is the President and CEO of United Way of Weld County.