united way of greater chattanooga

HOLIDAY HELP

November 21st, 2010

UNITED WAY 2-1-1 IS LOCAL CHARITY CLEARING HOUSE FOR HOLIDAY HELP

Churches, the Marine Corps, nonprofits, sheriffs' departments and other human service organizations in the greater Chattanooga area are calling on the 2-1-1Christmas Clearing service provided by United Way of Greater Chattanoogaso they can avoid assistance duplication this holiday season.

Whether you know someone in need or you represent an organization that is providing holiday help, you can dial 2-1-1 from any of the 16 counties in Chattanooga's service area. Check the United Way web site at www.uwchatt.org or call 423-752-0300 for a list of counties it serves. Operators on call at 2-1-1 will work to connect resources to needs in time for the holiday season.

Churches, social clubs, companies and other organizations that want to provide holiday help to children and families this season should contact United Way's 2-1-1 immediately. If you know of a child or family in need of help this holiday season, please call 2-1-1 no later than Friday, December 10All area nonprofit organizations are encouraged to take advantage of this service.

Calling United Way by December 10 gives 2-1-1 operators time to match those who want to help with those in need. Sometimes, families who need help may request assistance from more than one organization because they don't want their children to be left out. The Christmas Clearing service allows organizations to save resources by avoiding duplication within the same family, while at the same time helping more families in a timely and efficient way.

United Way's 2-1-1 uses a web-based data system, called Service Point, that allows staff to see the services a family has used. If the system shows an organization has agreed to provide gifts for a family or child, 2-1-1 then helps other organizations - ones that may inquire about the same individuals - to make informed decisions by supplying information about the services that family has been offered or has received.

Some area organizations participating in 2-1-1's Christmas Clearing service are Toys for Tots, Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, the Forgotten Child Fund, Northside Neighborhood House, the Samaritan Center, Catholic Charities, and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. 

Families needing assistance can dial 2-1-1 for information and referrals to organizations providing services in the greater Chattanooga area - including Dade and Walker counties in North Georgia and Marion and Rhea counties in Tennessee. In areas where 2-1-1 is not yet available, residents may dial423.265.8000. The hearing impaired can dial 7-1-1 (Teletype Relay Service). Go online at www.LiveUnitedChattanooga.org or call 423.752.0300 for more information about this or other services.

CHRISTMAS CLEARANCE PARTICIPATING AGENCIES

Catholic Charities – food vouchers and special holiday assistance 
Chattanooga Area Food Bank – Assistance, food and personal items for families
Chattanooga Human Services Dept. – refers families to Toys for Tots 
Community Kitchen – Thanksgiving and Christmas Day meals 
Dade County Sherriff’s Office – Toys for Children in Dade Co. – closed  
Episcopal Ministries – closed 
Forgotten Child Fund – gifts for children ages 1 to 12 
Hamilton County Emergency Services  
La Pas de Dios – toys/gifts for children birth to age 18, Hispanic only 
Marion Co. Sherriff’s Dept. – food & toys (age 0-16) for Marion families – deadline 11/26 
Northside Neighborhood House – food and toys for 150 families  
Partnership FCA & Building Stable Lives – Special holiday assistance 
Rhea County United Way – gifts for children, seniors and food baskets 
Salvation Army – Angel tree – (seniors & kids 12 & under) now closed 
Samaritan Center – Thanksgiving Baskets and toys (ages 0-18) 
Signal Mountain Social Services – food, toys and Christmas Baskets 
Soddy Daisy Fire Dept. – toys for children (ages 0-16) – deadline 11/29 
Toys for Tots – toys for children age 1 to 15 years old 
Walker Co. Stocking Full of Love – toys for kids age 1 to 14

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