In This Issue
A Night in the Tropics
2011 Helpline Service Snapshot
2-1-1 Big Bend Endowment Fund
Formidable Footprint


 National 2-1-1 Day

February 11, 2013

Help us promote Helpline 2-1-1 

 by placing a 2-1-1 yard sign in front of your business or organization the week of

February 6-11 

Contact Sheila Horne at 850-617-6323 or development@211bigbend.org  to recieve a sign

A Night in the Tropics logo 

Save the Date!

2-1-1 Big Bend 


"A Night in the Tropics"

All proceeds benefit agency programs

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 6-11 PM

Tallahassee Automobile Museum  

Sponsored by

Brandt Information Services


Featuring: buffet dinner, hors d'oeuvres, beer & wine, DJ & dancing, silent auction, casino games, and some new activites!


Sponsorship Opportunities Available

For more information contact: Sheila Horne shorne@211bigbend.org




Helpline 2-1-1 Stats

2012 Service Snapshot


Our hotline programs are serving thousands of people

 each year with crisis intervention, suicide prevention, counseling and referrals to local human service resources. We are collaborating with the Cold Nights Shelter, Emergency Medical Services, Leon County and several other human service organizations to provide a "safety net" for our community.


Helpline counselors answered 22,907calls in 2012 and offered 28,204 referrals. 



Click here to review the 2012 Calendar Year Snapshot.


Click here to review 2012 Service Snapshots  




  2-1-1 Big Bend iPhone App 



The 2-1-1 Big Bend app provides an immediate connection to 1,200 programs in the Tallahassee, Florida area including, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla Counties.  Users can find information about housing asistance, mental health issues, substance abuse, domestic violence, parenting skills, employment, foodbanks, disaster services and more.



 Support 2-1-1 Now



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         Help support our future needs!


We're pleased to announce that we've established an endowment fund at the Community Foundation of North Florida. Now it is possible to make a charitable gift that will help support our current and future operations and programs.

Please contact us to learn how you can make an immediate or deferred contribution to our endowment fund. Additional

 information is available from the Community Foundation  

at 222-2899 ext. 104 or jwatkins@cfnf.org.



 About Us  

2-1-1 Big Bend provides Helpline 2-1-1, a 24/7 free, community hotline service offering individual, confidential counseling and human service information. 

Information services and other specialized hotlines are also operated by the agency. 



A United Way Agency

2-1-1 Big Bend News

 February 2013 

Greetings!  ,
Randy Photo
Randy Nicklaus, President
On February 11, 2013 (2/11)we will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the launch of our 2-1-1 three digit number.  How time flies! 
Before we began using this easy to remember number, we had to advertise a ten digit number plus a toll free number for a some counties in our service area.  Now, by dialing 2-1-1 in all eight Big Bend counties you can connect to our 24/7 hotline.  At the same time as our 2-1-1 launch in 2003, we changed our agency name from Telephone Counseling and Referral Service to 2-1-1 Big Bend.  That made it easier to promote our services and create brand recognition.
Since then, we have doubled calls to our local hotline and helped thousands of people with mental health and human service concerns, including suicide prevention and crisis intervention.
Help us spread the word and let more people know about the services of Helpline 2-1-1.  We have yard signs that you can put in front of your business, school, job site or home.  During the week of February 11-16 we want everyone to see a sign somewhere in our community!  If you want to help us put up a sign, please contact Sheila Horne, Development Director, at 850-617-6323 or development@211bigbend.org.
Thanks for your help to promote 2-1-1!
P.S.  If you want to have a great time and support our hotline programs, please join us on April 27, 2013 for our annual fundraising event - A Night in the Tropics!  For more information check out our website or send us an email.

2-1-1 Big Bend Supports

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7, 2013

Click here to learn more


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States. There are four specific focal points: education, testing, involvement, and treatment.    




The BEST Project focuses on proactive and collaborative efforts to meet the needs of working individuals and families utilizing strategies that empower them to achieve long-term financial stability.

We are a community coalition of businesses, agencies, government, non-profit and other organizations focused on increasing the financial well-being of our community by leading an effort to help lower-to-modest income residents preserve and increase their financial assets.

The BEST Project is about the well-being and quality of life of Big Bend residents - a home, a better future for our children, peace of mind, a secure retirement. It will take our entire community working together to accomplish all of this. That's why we're working with United Way agencies and community partners to create lasting changes in people's lives. Together, we can accomplish more than any single group can on its own. That's what it means to LIVE UNITED.


Dial 2-1-1 or visit BESTProject.org to find VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site near you. 



National Community / Neighborhood Exercise Series


The series of Formidable Footprint exercises for neighborhood, community and faith based organizations continues.


February 23 - Tornado / March 30 - Earthquake / April 27 - Pandemic  


Exercises have also been scheduled for the following scenarios:

Flood - Hurricane - Solar Storm - Wildfire


The Formidable Footprint exercise series has been developed in accordance with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) protocols. The objective of the exercise series is for CERTs, Neighborhood Watch Programs, Neighborhood Associations, Community / Faith Based Organizations, Citizen Corps, Fire Corps and others to work as a team to become better prepared for the next disaster their community may face.


There is NO CHARGE for participation in any of the Formidable Footprint exercises.


For additional information or to register for up-coming exercises please access the following web site today: