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Basic Needs

Helping people meet their basic needs for food, shelter and safety.

A sudden job loss. A devastating illness. The bills pile up and rent falls behind. You find yourself choosing between basic needs, whether to put a meal on the table or turn on the heat. Just one major financial setback can be completely devastating to families already living month to month.

The ability to meet basic needs is one of the building blocks for a good life. As members of a community, we are all connected. When one person suffers, we all suffer. At the same time, when one hungry family eats well, when a homeless person finds shelter or when one individual experiencing domestic violence finds hope, everyone benefits. United Way helps people overcome life's challenges and meet their basic needs so they are prepared to take advantage of education, job training, counseling and other resources that set them on a permanent path to a better life.


2-1-1 Mid-York

United Way Basic Needs Initiative

2-1-1 Mid-York is a free information and referral service that connects people with questions about food, housing, health and other essential services to resources in the community. Individuals can access 2-1-1 by dialing three simple digits, 2-1-1, or by visiting 2-1-1 helps people cut through what can be a confusing maze of information and resources. Trained information and referral specialists help people assess their needs and find resources to help them overcome life's challenges. Learn more about 2-1-1 Mid-York.


2016-2017 Basic Needs Community Impact

STRATEGY: Feeding Individuals and/or Families

▶ Result: 135,554 individuals and families served, 370,503 meals provided people challenged with poverty and low-income.

STRATEGY: Providing Shelter

▶ Result: 112 women, youth and children fleeing domestic violence in their homes found safety with shelter, support and services.

STRATEGY: Crisis Prevention and Response

▶ Result: 8,347 individuals were assisted with crisis and disaster services.

▶ Result: 4,559 adults, youth and children were assisted with legal, advocacy, abuse and domestic and/or sexual violence, financial, homelessness and in other crisis areas.


Questions about our basic needs work or 2-1-1 Mid-York initiative? Email Betty Joan Beaudry, Director of Community Impact & 2-1-1 Mid-York, or call 315-733-4691, ext. 225.