Find Help 211

Crisis, hunger, and poverty can affect anyone, at any time. Donate today to the service that helps people! We need your support.

Ride United Partnership


Another way 211 makes a difference in the lives of thousands of Minnesotans is the Ride United partnership with ride-sharing service Lyft. United Way and Lyft are teaming up with local community partners to help our neighbors in need overcome transportation barriers. Through this partnership, riders can attend appointments critical to access housing and employment opportunities.

If you’d like to support the Ride United program, you can do so in two ways:

  • Donate directly to United Way 211 here to support critical services, including Ride United
  • Opt-in to the Round Up & Donate program on the Lyft app, which lets you round up your fare to the nearest dollar and the difference is donated to United Way
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United Way 211
Call Toll Free: 800-543-7709
Local: 651-291-0211

This free, local service is available from any phone.
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Text your zip code to 898-211 to get started.

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If you or someone you know needs help, call 211 from any phone, 24/7

Connect to over 40,000 statewide resources quickly with United Way 211, our information and referral line. 211 offers information about food, housing, employment, transportation, health services, eldercare, and other crisis hotlines. Our trained information and referral specialists can help you find resources for all of these needs and more.

You can also quickly find services on our website, or chat live with our highly trained information and referral specialists.

Agency and Nonprofit Partners

Visit our Workplace Portal to order United Way 211 cards and materials.

Program Highlights

For each $1 invested in 211 there is a $2.38 return. Over the next 10 years, a $20 million investment will yield over $47 million in benefits to the community.

Requested Services

  • Housing: 76,550
  • Legal Services: 33,706
  • Mental Health: 31,810
  • Health Services: 28,268
  • Food: 26,364

Measurable Impact

Nearly 3M
Connections made since 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Hmong
  • and over 100 more

What is 211?

211 is United Way’s statewide information and navigation service that helps people find essential resources.

211 was set aside by the Federal Communications Commission in 2000 for information, referral and navigation in North America. The 211 system in the United States handled over 13 million calls in 2015. Minnesota has one of the largest and most well-respected 211 services in the country. This free and confidential service is available 24/7, 365 days a year, with a person answering, and over 100 languages spoken.

Give Help

United Way 211 helps Minnesotans connect with resources that already exist, but may not be well known. Wondering how you can support neighbors in need?