Government Shutdown: How 2-1-1 Can Help

United Way 2-1-1 is committed to helping our communities impacted by the federal government shutdown. Furloughed federal employees and government contractors in need of social services and individuals with questions about the availability of public benefits can call 2-1-1 to get help.

Our 2-1-1 specialists help those in need connect to food pantries, health care services, and utility and eviction prevention assistance. Callers also can receive information on mental health counseling, transportation, job training, substance use recovery services, child care, and volunteer opportunities.

Additional information about unemployment benefits for furloughed employees is available from OPM.

2-1-1 is a free, confidential referral and information service that connects people to a specialist who can help find local health and human services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information visit