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Community Kitchen2-1-1 staff visited two sites operated by Aging Matters in Brevard in February to learn more about its programs. 2-1-1 specialists made 1,229 referrals to the nonprofit in 2014.
The sites visited: Community Kitchen in Rockledge, where as many as 2,000 meals are prepared each weekday for Meals on Wheels and congregate meals for senior citizens; and The Sunflower House in Merritt Square, which provides resources and support for older adults and caregivers.
Last year, staff from 2-1-1 Brevard staff began visits to nonprofits that receive significant numbers of referrals or that provide services that meet specific needs.
Here’s where staff went last year:


Diabetes FlyerDo you have diabetes? Are you at risk for diabetes? If have high blood pressure or are overweight or if you have a family member with diabetes, you could be at risk.
As part of a partnership with the Florida Department of Health, 2-1-1 Brevard and other 2-1-1’s in the state are emphasizing programs that can help.
Dial 2-1-1 for more information about diabetes prevention, treatment and support.


Party With A Purpose logoUPDATE: The Chandlery will continue special offers to benefit and raise awareness of 2-1-1 Brevard throughout the month of February. Stop by the store at 911 E. New Haven Ave. in Melbourne.
ORIGINAL STORY: What better way to PARTY than WITH A PURPOSE of helping a local nonprofit?
The next “Party With A Purpose” – from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 – will be FUN and a FUNDRAISER to benefit 2-1-1 Brevard.
Caroline Caudill, owner of The Chandlery in downtown Melbourne, hosts the monthly events featuring prizes and special offers. Her store also offers promotions throughout the month to benefit the featured charity.


Help Me Grow logo2-1-1 Brevard is leading a new coalition of local nonprofits in a mission to expand early behavioral and developmental screening through program called Help Me Grow.
HMG is national model to connect at-risk children with the services they need. Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed budget this year includes $4 million to help maintain HMG programs in seven regions in Florida and expand throughout the state under the leadership of 2-1-1’s.


Calculator and 1040 United Way of Brevard and the AARP Foundation each are offering free help with tax preparation at multiple locations in the county. Days, times, places and information on documents to bring: