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With just one call, 2-1-1 Broward empowers Broward County residents by providing 24/7 emotional support, crisis/suicide intervention, advocacy, needs assessment, information and referrals to all community resources that address their personal, family and financial needs.

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BankAtlantic Non-Profit Awards
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Candy Drive

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In the News

Broward MPO Awarded $540,000 FTA Grant

Upcoming Events   



Galleria Men of Style

Galleria Fort Lauderdale 
November 30, 2011



BankAtlantic Non-Profit Awards

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
February 24, 2012

QUICK STATS 
 October 2011 


Incoming Calls: 10,830
*  

Referrals: 
14,700

Senior Touchline Calls:
3,026

Follow-up Calls:  428

Intervention Calls:  
11
 
Domestic Violence
Calls:
  98

 
HPRP Re-calls: 42
 
Homeless Waitlist: 
261 Families
 
Advocacy: 10
 
 *54.4% of calls related to basic 

For more info on call data visit our site click here.

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Happy Thanksgiving from 2-1-1 Broward
 

Wishing you the simple joys of tradition, the company of good friends, and all the happiness of sharing a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are so grateful to all of you for your support.  


BankAtlantic Non-Profit Academy Awards 
The second annual BankAtlantic Non-Profit Academy Awards presented by 2-1-1 Broward and hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will honor Broward County's non-profit organizations and leaders for their dedication and impact on the community.

The seven award categories include: Berger Singerman Outstanding Non-Profit Organization of the Year; Patriot National Insurance Group, Inc. Non-Profit Organization of the Year - Innovation; The Wasie Foundation Non-Profit Organization of the Year-Advocacy; Non- Profit Organization of the Year - Rising Star; Non-Profit Leader of the Year; Non-Profit Board Leader of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award

The winners in each category will receive an Academy Award statue and $1000 for each of their non-profit organizations. The other two finalists in each category will be awarded $500 each. All other non-profits nominated will be included in the Community Choice Award, which will be decided by votes received from the community.

Please visit www.211-Broward.org to nominate a non-profit organization or leader.

Making REAL Connections Breakfast Honors 6 Community Partners

Last week, nearly 200 guests attended 

2-1-1 Broward's Making REAL Connections breakfast & award ceremony at the Signature Grand. The event was a celebration to recognize six community partners for the tremendous support and connections that they provide to 2-1-1 Broward and for helping the non-profit organization fulfill its mission and meet its goals.


Broward Health, the presenting sponsor, was represented by Jasmin Shirley, who spoke of the real live connections made as a result of the partnership with 2-1-1 Broward. Ms. Shirley helped present the awards to the honorees which were BankAtlantic, Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Broward Sheriff's Office, City of Oakland Park, Consolidated Credit Counseling, Inc. and Kip Hunter Marketing. 
 
The breakfast was also a way to share news about the REAL connections that 2-1-1 is making 24 hours a day/7 days a week with Broward County residents. 2-1-1 provides callers with support, advocacy, information and referrals that connect them to the agencies and services that can best address their issues.

"We take the power of connections for granted," said keynote speaker Tony Segreto. "Most of us here have a rolodex of connections that we can reach out to when we need access to someone or help with something. But there are so many people in our community who don't have someone they can call for help. That's why we are so fortunate to have a resource like 2-1-1 at our fingertips." 
 
To learn more about 2-1-1 and ways to help us connect, please call 954-390-0493 or visit www.211-broward.org.

Making REAL Connections: Cynthia's Story
Cynthia's story is one like many others in Broward County who are experiencing difficulty paying their bills. In fact last month, 2-1-1 Broward recorded an 18.5% increase in call volume over October last year, with over 50% being for basic needs such as food, shelter and utility assistance

Not long ago, Jean, a 2-1-1 counselor took a call from Cynthia, a single mother who had fallen behind on her FPL payments. For several months, Cynthia relied on relatives to help with utility payments, but after they could no longer provide assistance, her FPL balance became unmanageable.

According to Cynthia, "I've been under-employed about a year now, and my electric skyrocketed during the summer months." Cynthia told Jean that she saw no way out. She had already pawned most of her jewelry and took out small loans, but still couldn't muster the money to avoid a power shut off. One day when telling her friend that she had no idea where to turn next, her friend recommended that she call 2-1-1.

After listening to Cynthia's concerns and issues, Jean was able to offer her several options but specifically pointed her toward the Broward County Community Action Agency (CAA). CAA provides assistance to low income Broward County residents through several federally funded programs. One in particular that Jean referred was the CAA's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a program that provides between $150-$900 of annual electric assistance to households in need and works with families to develop a self-sufficiency plan.

"I would never have known to call 2-1-1 if my friend had not told me about it. That was the single most important phone call I could make because there's no way I would probably ever have found out about CAA ," said Cynthia.


Man of Style Rob Furman: What You Don't Know!211 logo

Those of us who have seen Men of Style Honoree Lieutenant Rob Furman in his BSO uniform know that he is committed to public service. Those of us that serve with him on local non-profit boards know that he is equally as committed to making this community a better place. 

But what you may not know is that Rob's exquisite sense of style is only surpassed by his exquisite taste in cuisine. Rob is a big fan of Italian food and often frequents the Romantico Ristorante in Pompano Beach, FL. Some of his favorite dishes include Fettuccini alla Romantico and other foods many of us can't even pronounce.

Please join us on November 30th at 6pm at the Galleria's Men of Style event to hoot, holler and cheer on our Man of Style, Rob Furman! We promise to add a little extra special flair and fun for Rob's fans. Click here to register.




Students' Candy Drive Raises $190 for 211

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211 sends special thanks to Michael Heider, DDS, and Mr. Thompson's third-grade class at Bayview Elementary School! Mr. Thompson and Dr. Heider raised $190 by asking students to donate their Halloween candy for a community service project. The two have collected extra candy for the past three years and donated it to our troops through Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to service members around the world.


Why would kids give up their hard-earned Halloween goodies? Because Dr. Heider buys the candy at a dollar a pound. The class of 22 8- and 9-year-olds donated 95 lbs of Halloween candy to the effort, and Mr. Thompson matched Dr. Heider's contribution bringing the total to $190 to be given to a charity chosen by the students.
 
Alexander Barran, son of 2-1-1 Communications Manager Kitty Barran, nominated 2-1-1 because he believes his mom works for an important place. In his presentation to the class about 2-1-1 he said, "Sometimes people don't have anywhere to live or run out of food. Sometimes they get into trouble with drugs, alcohol or fighting. 211 is the place to call for most problems that aren't fire, police or medical emergencies when you would call 911. Your money will help pay for a counselor to answer the calls of people who really need help."
 
The project was so successful that it will grow to all of Bayview Elementary School next year as a school-wide PTA service project. "We're very proud of what one class can accomplish," said JoEllen Scott, principal at Bayview Elementary. "This project shows kids how they can make a big difference - instead of keeping the candy or the money for themselves; they learn how good it feels to give."