Fighting the Cold: United Way of the Bluegrass donates 200 blankets for those in need

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United Way of the Bluegrass and the 2-1-1 Contact Center donated 200 blankets to the Lexington Police Department Friday.

Lexington officers will help distribute the blankets to individuals and families in need, particularly during this period of severe weather. In total, United Way has shared over 1,000 blankets this winter with local and regional agencies across the Bluegrass.

United Way’s 2-1-1 Contact Center helps connect people with available resources like food, housing, health care, senior services, utility assistance, child care, legal aid and more. Last year, 2-1-1 received over 28,000 calls for assistance.
United Way of the Bluegrass and the 2-1-1 Contact Center donated 200 blankets to the Lexington Police Department. Back row, left to right: Lexington Chief of Police, Mark Barnard; Katie Williams, Vice President of Marketing, United Way of the Bluegrass; Charlie Lanter, Director - Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention. Front row: Mark Shake, Director of Corporate Giving, United Way of the Bluegrass; Mayor Jim Gray; Officer Keith Sleet (Photo Provided)

United Way of the Bluegrass and the 2-1-1 Contact Center donated 200 blankets to the Lexington Police Department. Back row, left to right: Lexington Chief of Police, Mark Barnard; Katie Williams, Vice President of Marketing, United Way of the Bluegrass; Charlie Lanter, Director – Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention. Front row: Mark Shake, Director of Corporate Giving, United Way of the Bluegrass; Mayor Jim Gray; Officer Keith Sleet (Photo Provided)

United Way of the Bluegrass President and CEO, Bill Farmer says 2-1-1 is particularly helpful during times of disaster or harsh weather. “With one text message or call to 2-1-1, people can reach a trained specialist who will assess the full scope of their needs and match them to the right local resources and information on the spot.”

“We are so grateful for the work that local officers do in our community every day and hope that these blankets will provide comfort and outreach to some of our most vulnerable citizens. 2-1-1 is here to help connect people with a variety of services and agencies providing critical and essential services to Lexington and surrounding areas,” said Bill Farmer.

“Each day our officers engage with people who have a variety of needs, including those experiencing critical needs for food, heating or shelter,” said Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard. “These blankets are especially needed this time of year, and they will also help our officers share information about the important service that 2-1-1 provides our community.”

2-1-1 Specialists are available M-F between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Contact Center hours will be extended this Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. due to impending weather and potential impacts. The 2-1-1 online database is available 24 hours a day. To search for available resources online, go to www.uwbg211.org.

To text for help, send your 5-digit zip code to 898211 from your mobile device.

United Way 2-1-1 is accessible through land-lines and mobile phones. If your phone system cannot connect to 2-1-1 or if you are calling from outside the immediate area, please dial 1-866-362-6211.

From United Way Communications

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