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Crisis, hunger, and poverty can affect anyone, at any time. Connecting people in need with local resources is a critical part of our mission. Whether you are in crisis, or need a little support, we’re here to help.

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United Way 2-1-1
Call Toll Free: 800-543-7709
Local: 651-291-0211

This free, local service is available from any phone.
24-7 / Confidential / All Languages

If you or someone you know needs help, call 2-1-1 from any phone, 24/7

Connect to over 40,000 statewide resources quickly with United Way 2-1-1, our information and referral line. 2-1-1 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.

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Program Highlights

For each $1 invested in 2-1-1 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
United Way 2-1-1 Information and Referral Specialist

What is 2-1-1?

Formerly called First Call for Help, 2-1-1 is United Way’s statewide information and navigation service that helps people find essential resources.

2-1-1 was set aside by the Federal Communications Commission in 2000 for information, referral and navigation in North America. The 2-1-1 system in the United States handled over 13 million calls in 2015. Minnesota has one of the largest and most well-respected 2-1-1 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 2-1-1 helps Minnesotans connect with resources that already exist, but may not be well known. Wondering how you can support neighbors in need?