'Help In Hard Times' Available

by Press Release | Dec 25, 2008
'Help In Hard Times' Available Help in Hard Times is a publication produced by United Way of Atlantic County as a resource to guide Atlantic County residents through these hard times. A first step for help, answers, guidance and a caring voice is United Way's 2-1-1 Non-Emergency Helpline, which is available throughout New Jersey and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week either by cell phone or a land line. 2-1-1 is a connection to the resources needed to work out problems facing you and your family. It’s FREE and confidential. So even if life seems full of problems, finding help shouldn’t be one of them.

Many agencies and programs are available in our community to provide assistance with basic needs such as food & clothing as well as more specialized needs such as legal advice, counseling, healthcare and job training. Everyone’s situation is unique, therefore each person’s eligibility for assistance is different and each person’s needs are different.

“This book is a year-round resource with information to connect people with services and programs that address a variety of needs,” says Fran Wise, Director of Community Investment & Partnerships. United Way of Atlantic County currently funds 60 programs at 39 local health & human service agencies. While individual needs and eligibility may apply, these agencies are available to provide assistance to those and their families all the time – not just during hard times.

Listed In the pamphlet are the programs funded this year by United Way of Atlantic County, a brief description of each and the agency that provides the service. Residents may want to call the agency and find out if a particular program or service is right for them. Or the agency may suggest a different program or service to address their needs. There is also some additional information included that might be helpful to address a current situation.

"It is great to have a resource like 2-1-1 here in New Jersey, however it is vital to support your local United Way fundraising campaign for the community at whatever level you can, otherwise there’s risk of services not being there when people who are in need of them call for help,” says John Emge, Executive Director of United Way of Atlantic County.

If you would like to obtain a copy of this booklet, please contact United Way of Atlantic County at 609-404-4483. You can also download a copy at www.unitedwayac.org . For more information on NJ 2-1-1 visit www.nj211.org or call 2-1-1 today!

United Way of Atlantic County is a local, volunteer-driven, charitable organization mobilizing people and resources to meet our community’s most pressing health and human services needs. United Way of Atlantic County is dedicated to making a positive impact on the quality of life for Atlantic County residents by supporting dozens of programs that reduce substance abuse, provide basic needs and increase self-sufficiency, support community health issues, foster safer homes and neighborhoods, and promote mental wellness. Volunteers closely monitor these programs to ensure efficient use of donor dollars. To learn more about United Way of Atlantic County, call 609-404-4483 or visit www.unitedwayac.org.

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