I just found out the other day who to call when I stopped by the Plantation Police Department. While there picking up a record for my insurance company, I saw a brochure in their lobby that read “2-1-1 Get Connected. Get Answers.” I never knew of this hotline number in all the years I have lived in Broward County. First number I always thought of was 4-1-1, so I was curious as to what kind of information someone could find using this 2-1-1 service.
Reading the brochure, I realized that what they have to offer goes beyond basic 4-1-1 address and phone number information. This service connects Broward Country residents to over 700 health and human service agencies, all ready to offer us help when we need it most. All we need to do is dial 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. The call is free, confidential and anonymous and is offered in several languages.
They even mention some of the everyday people like us that call, and what kind of assistance we can receive. Below are just a few examples:
- Employer helping an employee find family services
- Homeless family living in their car
- Teen who needs someone to talk to
- Parent looking for childcare
- Uninsured diabetic person who needs insulin
- Single mom who can’t feed her children
- Senior who lives alone and needs a daily call
- Someone depressed and contemplating suicide
They also have listed several hotline numbers such as:
Homeless Helpline (954) 563-HELP (4357)
They provide emotional support, information and referral to homeless support programs.
Special Needs Connections (954) 537-0211
Helps parents, caregivers, and professionals who serve children with disabilities.
TeenSpace (954) 567-TEEN (8336)
A safe, anonymous helpline for youth so they can share feelings, and find solutions to make positive choices. (www.teenspace211.org)
Behavioral Health INFOline (954) 396-INFO (4636)
Provides support, information and links to mental health resources.
Touchline for Seniors (954) 390-0485
Free, daily reassurance calls to help seniors maintain their sense of well being.
After reading all they have to offer the community, I am very proud to say that I live in Broward County and in the City of Plantation. Important programs like this one rely on the support from individuals, corporations, foundations and local governments to stay in operation. There are several ways we can show our support:
- Join CLUB 2-1-1
- Make a contribution online at: www.211-broward.org
- Become a Corporate Partner
- Leave a legacy by remembering 2-1-1 Broward in your will or trust
- Mail your contribution to:
250 N.E. 33rd Street
Oakland Park, FL 33334
By far the best way to show our support is by volunteering our time and energy. Anyone who has volunteered for a special cause will tell you that there is no better feeling then seeing the smiles and tears of joy on the faces of those you helped when they were in need.
The company I work for, Camden Property Trust has established a way of giving back and serving the communities where, we as employees, live and work through the Camden Cares program. And this is why I am also proud to work for Camden. On a Corporate level they support charitable organizations such as the United Way, Susan G. Koman Foundation, Volunteers of America, Boys & Girls Club, City of Hope and Operation Homefront, to name just a few. On a local level here in South Florida, Camden Cares is involved in volunteer work with the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Life Net 4 Families, and the Broward County Humane Society. Giving back brings communities closer and improves the lives of our neighbors, families and friends. So whatever special cause you wish to put your passion, energy and heart into, give of yourself to show you care, because I know you do!