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Safety Net Services

Focus Area: Safety Net Services

Part of United Way's mission is to ensure that the basic necessities of life are available for those in need. United Way's partnerships and funded programs provide a crucial safety net for vulnerable populations to quickly access help and receive the necessary support to help them have a better quality of life, both now and in the future. 

Community Collaboration:

2-1-1 Information and Referral: The free 2-1-1 service provides people with information about essential human services, such as child care, quality care for aging parents, basic needs or job training programs. 2-1-1 centers are staffed by trained specialists who assess the callers' needs and refer them to the help they seek. Call center specialists also facilitate calls and questions from those interested in volunteering or donating items. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in a number of languages. Online search is available at PA211East.org and assistance via text is available by texting your zip code to 898211.

Reading Cares: As a proactive response to the large numbers of individuals migrating from Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean to Berks County in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, UWBC partnered with Centro Hispano to lead the organization of community efforts to support these displaced individuals.


*United Way Agency Partner

Focus Area: Safety Net Services

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United Way of Berks County

P.O. Box 702

Reading, PA 19603



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