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Finalists have been named for the Grimaldi Candies Community Star Award as the result of online voting. They are: Brevard Achievement Center, Family Promise of Brevard and Nana’s House.
The winner of this award and three others will be announced during the Health First Stars of Space Coast Awards to honor the “stellar work” of nonprofits, which will be presented May 1 by 2-1-1 Brevard.
Other award nominees are:

  • Brevard Schools Foundation, Central Brevard Sharing Center and The Haven for Children for the Health First Supernova Award.
  • Brevard Achievement Center and Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless for the Central Florida Hand Center Lodestar Award.
  • Linda Ahearn of Catholic Charities, Patricia Nellius of Brevard Family Partnership and Susan Thomas of Rolling Readers for the All Pro Garage Doors Superstar Award.

Tickets are available online for $35 each for the May 1 event at Exploration Tower. (Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, beginning at 11:30 a.m.) Contact scriss@211brevard.org to pay by check.





 

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.

 

Calculator and 1040 Free online tax preparation is available through www.myfreetaxes.com/UnitedWayofBrevard for households earning less than $60,000.
Also, United Way of Brevard and the AARP Foundation each are offering free help with tax preparation at multiple locations in the county. Click below for more information on days, times, places and documents to bring.

 

Party With A Purpose logoUPDATE: The Chandlery raised $600 for 2-1-1 Brevard in Feburary. Thanks to owner Caroline and manager Amanda!
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.

 

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:

 

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.

 

Last year, helpline specialists at 2-1-1 Brevard answered 38,000 calls. That sounds fantastic until you hear that closer to 50,000 calls came in. We’re doing our part with training and increasing efficiency, but we need your help. Be a hero for 2-1-1 and “Answer the Call”!


Donors of $211 or more receive a limited-edition T-shirt. Or learn more about being a “day sponsor” here.

For other options to support 2-1-1 Brevard, contact Belinda Stewart via email or 321-631-9290, ext. 224.

 

Thanks to 2-1-1 Brevard volunteer board member Terri Gust of Oz Design Studio for creating this video!

 

By The Numbers

  • 38,071: Number of calls answered in 2013-14
  • 43,434: Number of referrals made in the year
  • 15,132: Calls related to basic needs, such as food
  • 25,100: Number of visits to online database

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Check out 2-1-1 mobile app

2-1-1 Brevard has a free app for searching our online database from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. You can download from iTunes. The version for Android devices is being developed. Click Here to Learn More