Introducing 2-1-1 Counts
A Message from Richard Porth 
President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut

2-1-1 Connecticut is pleased to announce the launch of the 2-1-1 Counts dashboard in Connecticut. Using a combination of US Census data and service request data collected from the 2-1-1 Connecticut contact center, the dashboard presents a visual representation of community-specific needs throughout the state. Government and civic leaders, service agencies, nonprofit partners, and 2-1-1 users alike can view data through the last year by town/ZIP code, county, congressional district, state house district, and state senate district.

In other states with 2-1-1 Counts, the data has been used to help write grants, create up-to-date reports, show evidence of community need, and inform decision-making.

If you would like to review the data for your town, county, or district, visit and click on Connecticut.  To help introduce users to the 2-1-1 counts tool, a webinar will be held on June 7th at 10:00am. If you are interested in participating in this training, please click this link to register
Art2Mental Health Awareness Month


In Connecticut, United Way 2-1-1 connects people to resources and assistance with mental health concerns. 2-1-1 has contact specialists available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to answer calls and serve as a point of entry for crisis intervention services.  

For more information about mental health resources in Connecticut, you may browse 2-1-1's eLibrary category of Mental Health related papers which contain useful links to organizations offering support and information on mental health disorders.

To access Emergency Mobile Crisis Intervention Services or if you or your child are in crisis, call 2-1-1 and press option # 1.

As the summer season gets closer, farmers' markets selling fresh, local produce are beginning to open around the state. 
Farmers Markets

Many markets now participate in the Women and Infant Children (WIC) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), as well as the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. For a complete listing of local farmers' markets in the state, including location and program eligiblity details, please visit this link or dial 2-1-1 for more information.

For details on the WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition program, please click here.  Further information on the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition program, can be found here.

In the current job market, many career paths require two or four-year degrees.  But with the high cost of living, saving enough money to pay for a child's college tuition can be a significant challenge for Connecticut residents.  

CHET (Connecticut Higher Education Trust) offers a 529 college savings plan to help Connecticut residents prepare for their children's college education.  When used for qualifying education expenses, funds invested in CHET accounts can be withdrawn tax-free. There is also a state income tax deduction available for contributions to a CHET 529 college savings plan.

The CHET website has details about the investment options, advice about planning ahead for college, and a calculator to estimate future costs of higher education. 

To learn more, call 1-888-799-CHET (2438) or visit

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