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Cover of ALICE ReportMore than 87,400 households in Brevard – 40 percent – are unable to afford the state’s high cost of living, according to a United Way study known as the “ALICE” report. Read more here.
Read the full ALICE report.
Read ALICE in Brevard.

 

Orlando Sentinel: In CrisisA seven-day series by the Orlando Sentinel is called “In Crisis: A special report on the mental-illness epidemic in Central Florida.” Read more here.

 

Speak Out Listen In logo2-1-1 Brevard communications manager Belinda Stewart will be a guest on “Speak Out Listen In” at noon Wednesday, Dec. 31, on WMEL AM 1300. Tune in on the radio or listen live online.
The show is hosted by business consultant J. Brewer and Jean Newell, a “Boomer-preneur” who is known for her high-volume sales on QVC. Learn more about “Speak Out Listen In” here or on Facebook.

 

OverheadMyth_2_LogoThree major nonprofit information providers – Guidestar USA, Charity Navigator and BBB Wise Giving Alliance – have come out in support of the “Pledge to End the Overhead Myth.” And 2-1-1 Brevard executive director Libby Donoghue has signed on, too.
Read why in her column in Florida Today.
Learn more about the “Overhead Myth” and sign pledge.
Check out 2-1-1 Brevard’s financial statements.

 

iGive-logo--tagline1amazon_accountYou may have heard of Amazon Smile, which donates 0.5 percent of what you spend at Amazon year-round.
But you can also “double dip” and shop at Amazon Smile via iGive, which donates 0.8 percent of purchases for a total of 1.3 percent to your favorite charity. (2-1-1 Brevard?)

  • Sign up for iGive. (2-1-1 Brevard gets a $5 bonus for every supporter who joins through Dec. 15 and tries the iGive Button – even if you don’t shop.)
  • Sign up for Amazon Smile.
  • Learn more about how iGive and Amazon Smile work.
 

VITA_volunteersUnited Way of Brevard is seeking volunteers to help prepare federal incomes taxes for workers earning less than $53,000 a year. In 2014, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers prepared 2,317 returns. Training is provided.
Learn more at the United Way website.
Check out the flyer with key information.

 

Health Insurance Marketplace logoWith open enrollment underway in the Health Insurance Marketplace, there are multiple ways to get help and information:

Dec. 15 is the last date to enroll for coverage that starts Jan. 1.
Feb. 15 is the last day to enroll for 2015 coverage.

 

2-1-1 Brevard helpline specialists reported 436 callers in need of assistance with gas and/or electric bills — mostly electric bills — in October. This is consistently a top need for callers.
October 2014 Snapshot

 
Mural painted by children at Serene Harbor.

Mural painted by children at Serene Harbor.

In October, 2-1-1 Brevard staff visited Serene Harbor domestic violence shelter, which received 232 referrals in 2013.
Other agencies visited this year:

Stephanie Bryant of Brevard County Community Action Agency.

Stephanie Bryant of the Brevard County Community Action Agency.

Original post: Bread and pastries free for the taking on table in the lobby. Boxes of cereal, cans of beans, bottles of shampoo in a storage room in the back. Rooms with bunks and trundle beds and just a few homey touches like a rug or a  quilt.

Four staff members of 2-1-1 Brevard spent part of a recent afternoon touring and learning more about the Salvation Army of Melbourne, where specialists made 3,045 referrals in the past fiscal year.

Pridmore Center room

One of the eight sleeping rooms at the Salvation Army’s Pridmore Center for Women and Children.


Salvation Army Facebook

The “field trip” was the first of a monthly series of site visits to agencies that receive high numbers of referrals from 2-1-1 Brevard.

“The more we know about an agency, the better we can make appropriate referrals,” said Christina Lefler, the helpline supervisor who was among the staff members on the tour.

“After we’ve visited a location and talked face to face with staff, we can better understand what they can and can’t do.”

Communications Manager Belinda Stewart is in charge of setting up the site visits as part of her role in promoting positive community relations.

“Salvation Army South is third on our list of most-frequent referrals with almost 7 percent of all referrals last year,” Stewart said. “So it was an obvious pick for one of our first visits.”

2-1-1 staff toured the Social Services area, including the food pantry, and the Sue M. Pridmore Center for Women and Children.

“We like to thank Capt. Juan Guadalupe and his staff, especially supervisor Joyce Cox, for welcoming us and letting us know how much they value our partnership in helping people,” Stewart said.

More referrals were made last year to Catholic Charities and Brevard County’s Community Action Agency, where visits are scheduled in March and April, respectively.

Learn more about the Salvation Army of Melbourne on the web and Facebook.

 

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