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The United Way of Missouri and Illinois has a free, confidential and always available service for Moniteau County residents to seek help, no matter the issue.

Understanding that finding help can sometimes be rather frustrating, the United Way wishes to remind readers of the 211 program.

All one needs to do is dial 2-1-1, and callers can be connected to a slew of resources for just about every need.

These needs include: basic needs such as food pantries, shelters and utility assistance; physical and mental health resources such as Medicaid, Medicare, prenatal care, crisis intervention and counseling; jobs programs for education and vocational training, English as a second language classes, ob training and financial and transportation assistance; support for seniors and those with disabilities, meals at home, transportation and recreation, and centers for independent living; support for children, youth and families through after-school programs, tutoring, family resource centers, and child care referral centers; volunteer opportunities and disaster and weather-related services.

Calling 211 is completely free to all callers and can be found at www.211helps.org.

If for any reason it is difficult to connect, simply call 800-427-4626.

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