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2-1-1 Community Connection

November 2013

Message from Richard Porth
President/CEO, United Way of Connecticut   
Earlier this week, we experienced the first snowfall of the season in Connecticut, which means that the colder
temperatures are here to stay. If you have any concerns about keeping warm through the winter, 2-1-1 is here to help.  For those who meet the income and asset requirements, assistance is available regardless of how you heat your home, and you can receive assistance as a renter or as a homeowner.  
An overview of available programs can be found on the 2-1-1 website at this link.

Our call specialists have the latest information and eligibility requirements for all of the energy assistance programs in the state.  We're here to help 24/7, so to get more information about energy assistance programs that you may be eligible for, just call 2-1-1 from anywhere in the state.

Holiday Meal and Gift Programs

There are many programs and agencies helping to make sure the holiday season is bright for everyone in Connecticut by providing food, toys, and other assistance to families in need.  

list of Thanksgiving meals throughout the state can be found at this link, but due to the time-limited nature of holiday programs we are not able to maintain a complete listing on the 2-1-1 website.   


If you need assistance with meals or gifts this holiday season, or if you are able to donate food, toys, or volunteer your time, just dial 2-1-1 and ask to be connected with holiday programs and agencies in your local area. 
Typhoon Haiyan
If you are looking for a way to support the recovery efforts in the Phillipines, click here for a list of Connecticut-based resources, or visit the United Way Worldwide website to make a contribution.

Get Emergency Notifications

Connecticut's emergency notification system alerts residents anywhere in the state about 

life-threatening emergency conditions. Alerts can be sent to you by e-mail, text message, or telephone, but only if you sign up!  Click here to register for alerts (or update your contact information) at the CT Alert website.


SNAP Benefit Change

A temporary benefit increase from the American Recovery and

Reinvestment Act expired on October 31, 2013 and as a result, Connecticut families will see an average benefit decrease of $17 beginning this month. 


SNAP beneficiaries can find more details here and at or dial 2-1-1 for more information. 
The mission of 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 us at


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