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Have you ever needed a helping hand to get back on your feet? Have you ever come on hard times and was unsure of where to turn? Remember this - you are not alone. There is help, and it is only a phone call away.
A simple three-digit number can connect you with help. It is not 411 nor 911, but 2-1-1. United Way's 2-1-1 center is staffed 24/7 with trained information and referral specialists who can connect you to health and human services in the community. One call to 2-1-1 will connect you to the specialists who assess a caller's full scope of needs and matches them to the right services.
My primary responsibility as an Americorps VISTA is to serve those who are experiencing poverty. Poverty takes on many forms, the most visible being financial poverty. However, perhaps a family has fallen hard times, and no one has offered assistance? United Way's 2-1-1 bridges that gap by connecting impoverished families to resources they desperately need. 
Since the beginning of 2012, I have worked alongside the specialists in the 2-1-1 call center, and witnessed first-hand the impact this service has on the community. There are easily thousands of our neighbors who are in need; whether it is a family needing help paying rent, or a mother needing assistance with food and clothes for her children. It may even be someone wanting to schedule a free tax preparation appointment. Whatever the need, we are here to help the community. Our call specialists have helped countless Central Kentuckians find food, housing, health care, senior services, childcare, legal aid, volunteer opportunities, and much more.
It only takes two seconds to dial those three numbers that will connect you with someone who is ready and willing to direct you to resources available in the community. So, just remember to call 2-1-1!
Aaron McKibben
Financial Stability Specialists, Americorps VISTA