Friday, March 27, 2009

U.S. Representative Young Co-Sponsors

Today, U.S. Representative C.W Bill Young signed on as a co-sponsor for the national "Calling for 2-1-1 Act" (H.R. 211.)

Why is the "Calling for 2-1-1 Act" (H.R. 211) needed?

Although the national 2-1-1 system has developed over the past decade through local government and United Way funding, the national 2-1-1 system lacks stable long-term financing. Because of the increasing demand and increasing visibility of 2-1-1, many 2-1-1 call centers across the United States lack the adequate telecommunications infrastructure and appropriate staff levels to establish or maintain 24-hour-a-day service and maintain complete and accurate informational databases. The Calling for 2-1-1 Act would provide the funding needed to meet these increasing needs.

What does the "calling for 2-1-1 Act" (H.R. 211) do?

H.R. 211 would create a federal grant program to complete implementation of a nationwide 2-1-1 system. Specifically the bill would:
  • Direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award a grant to each state to establish a program or fund an existing program which will make 2-1-1 service available to all the residents of a state with phone service.
  • Require a state match, meaning each participating state must ensure that at least 50% of the resources of the program funded by the grant will be derived from other sources.
  • Mandate that grant recipients collaborate with human service organizations to provide an exhaustive database of services with which to provide information and referral to persons utilizing the 2-1-1 service.
  • Provide $150 million for each of first two years, $100 million for the next four years, for a total of $700 million.
Thank you U.S. Representative Young for your continued support of 2-1-1!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) - Economic Stimulus

The forthcoming economic stimulus dollars will provide additional funds to communities to provide more assistance to residents as well as start some new initiatives. In the coming days, communities across the country will be informed of the new rules and regulations that accompany these new dollars. 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares will stay on top of programs with additional resources to aid residents with additional stimulus dollars. You can call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day to find places who will be able to help. 

For more information, below is a list of the dollars available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). These are links to the Department of Housing and Urban Developments( HUD) website. 

Try the 2-1-1 Locator.

Do you have a family member or friend who may need some help or who just relocated to a new area? Have them call the local 2-1-1 in their area. If you are interested in finding out if another city has 2-1-1 you can go to and search by zip code, city or state for the nearest 2-1-1 center.

Friday, March 13, 2009

An Alert from the Federal Government




“Please be aware that the website is NOT an official HUD site

and the public is warned not to use this site in order to access any HUD assistance or programs.

This is a consumer-friendly alert.”

Thursday, March 12, 2009


2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares has started an internship program with local colleges to give students practical work experience prior to college graduation. These opportunities range from direct work with clients, work with computer systems, and data analysis. There are opportunities for those who like to work with people and those who like to work with things.

You can find more information regarding our available Internships by visiting our website at, going to about us section, and choosing Internships. 

Solutions for Your Family in 30 Minutes

Want to learn how to build a stronger family on your lunch break? Citizens can spend a half hour learning tips and techniques about dealing with bullies, understanding teenagers and how to better relate with children courtesy of new webinars scrolling across your computer screen. Free Solutions in 30 sessions are scheduled from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesdays in March.

  • March 4 - Bully No More: Tips for Parents to Deal with Bullying: Bullying in childhood and adolescence has reached epidemic proportions. Understand what bullying is, who bullies and tips to deal with bullying for you and your child.

  • March 11 and March 18 - Parenting Tips for the Teen Years: Discover simple and easy ways to help you and your teen survive the teen years. Get practical suggestions on making a smoother transition and ways to deal with the challenging moments.

  • March 25 - Making the Most of Youth Activities: Many everyday activities are opportunities for teachable moments. Learn how you can use the experiential learning model to turn daily tasks and time with your child to build life skills.

A webinar is an audio and visual seminar transmitted over the internet through the computer so internal or external speakers are necessary to get the full benefit. This new media platform lets visitors interact with the presenter and the content. Solutions in 30 seminars also make sense because the format offers time saving results by the elimination of travel, looking for parking spaces and scheduling hassles. Participation is fast, convenient, easy and ideal for multiple listeners.

To register and learn more, visit, click on the “Online Class Registration” button and click on the Solutions in 30 button or call (727) 582-2100. Visitors can also checkout the classes planned for April.

Pinellas County Extension is a partnership between Pinellas County government and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences as part of a nationwide network of land grant universities. The mission of Pinellas County Extension is to provide research-based knowledge and education programs enabling people to make practical decisions to improve their quality of life and the world around them. Pinellas County Extension is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo.

Friday, March 6, 2009

What is 211?

Every hour of every day, hundreds of people need essential human services in the United States, but most do not know where to turn for assistance. 2-1-1 allows people to begin to get connected and get answers to their problems.

2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects people with important community services and volunteer opportunities. 2-1-1 is available in 78% of the United States. Both the United Way of America (UWA) and the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) are strongly supporting the federal legistlation that will ensure adequate funding so that every American has access to 2-1-1 in the United States.

Below is a video that explains the impact of 2-1-1.