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2-1-1 Community Connection

February 2013

Message from Richard Porth
President, United Way of Connecticut  Civic Participation
Civic Participation
Resource Guide
It is often through civic participation that conditions change for the better and opportunities are created in our neighborhoods and municipalities and in our state. Civic participation can include voting, volunteering, working with neighbors and public officials to solve problems, attending public hearings, engaging in community conversations with neighbors and contacting and meeting with elected officials. To help you find ways to connect and work with others in your community, United Way 2-1-1 has created a civic participation guide. Click here for information on civic involvement, volunteering and more. 
Social Security Update:
Direct Deposit &
my Social Security

Direct Deposit: Beginning on March 1, 2013, all recipients of Social Security benefits must receive their benefits through direct deposit. Recipients without a bank account will be sent the Direct Express debit card. Click here to sign up for direct deposit.

my Social Security: Social Security is expanding the services available through my Social Security, a personalized online account for those still in their working years and for those receiving benefits. Recipients can access their benefit verification letter, payment history, and earnings record instantly using their online account.  If you are 18 or older sign up for an account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
Staying Prepared!
With over a month left to the winter season and more snow in the forecast, it's important to stay prepared for challenging weather. Visit the 2-1-1 eLibrary for comprehensive winter storm information and resources. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter during storms and everyday! 

Free Childhood 

Immunizations have a big impact on helping children stay healthy. The Connecticut Vaccine Program ensures that all
children have access to the vaccinations they need, when they need them. Vaccines are made available to health care providers at no charge. Contact your health care provider to see if they participate or call (860) 509-7929 to find a provider near you.
For more information, click here.

For Earned Income Tax Credit Information, click here.


To find free tax preparation assistance click here and enter your zip code and

"Tax Preparation Assistance" under Search by Service Keyword.


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The mission of the United Way of Connecticut is to help meet the needs of Connecticut and its residents by providing information, education and connection to services.

For more information, contact Maria Dynia at maria.dynia@ctunitedway.org


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