United Way of Washington County's 2-1-1 is your first call for assistance with rent, food, utilities, housing services, health services, and more! Getting the information you need is one phone call or click away!

To simplify the process of acquiring the assistance residents need, United Way of Washington County provides a free, information and referral line with access to local, state and federal social service resources.  

Calling from a 740 area code landline OR a 740 area code mobile phone.

2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember, three-digit phone number that connects you to vital resources and services available to residents in Washington County.  Trained and professional Information and Referral Specialists are available to answer questions, provide information and resources, and direct you to the assistance you need.  

2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

All phone and online inquiries are handled in a confidential manner.

Calling from a pre-paid mobile phone OR a mobile phone with an area code outside of Washington County.

Washington County residents who have a pay-as-you-go mobile phone or a mobile phone with an area code outside of Washington County will be promptly connected to a trained and professional Information and Referral Specialist by dialing 800.544.1601.  

Finding Assistance Online.

2-1-1's referral directory has hundreds of social service organizations that may be searched by name, zip code, city, keywords or by the type of assistance needed.

Click here to access 2-1-1

2-1-1 is available in most areas of our state.

What is Information & Referral?

Information and Referral is the community link between people in need of health and human services assistance and the appropriate providers.  Information and Referral Specialists assist with connecting thousands of callers with community services each year.

Information and Referral Specialists assess each caller's needs and determine the services best available to provide assistance.  Additionally, Information and Referral Specialists are professionally trained to understand and determine whether a caller may be eligible for other services in the community that the caller may not know exist.

2-1-1 maintains a comprehensive directory of resources, including federal, state and local government agencies, community-based organizations, private non-profits and volunteer opportunities.  

What type of services does 2-1-1 provide?

Knowing that you need assistance is one thing...finding someone who can provide the resources to assist you is quite another.  2-1-1 connects you to individuals who will identify the resources to assist you, such as rent assistance, food, utility assistance, housing services and health-related services.  

What happens when I call 2-1-1?

2-1-1 is designed to provide each resident with information and referrals using an extensive directory of community resources.  When a Washington County resident calls 2-1-1, the caller will be connected with a trained, professional Information and Referral Specialist who will work with the caller to determine which community services may be available to address the caller's needs.

What are the benefits of 2-1-1?

2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

2-1-1 is available to callers (senior citizens, teens and adults of all ages) to access community services that formerly required the caller to dial a nine- or seven-digit number.

2-1-1 provides specific information regarding each serviceincluding who to call and where to go when you need assistance.  This eliminates complicated searches through phone books and multiple misdirected phone calls trying to find the right social service agency to meet each caller's needs.

2-1-1 provides easy access to services that can meet the needs of all Washington County.

2-1-1 will reduce and/or eliminate non-emergency, non-police or non-fire related calls that prior were placed to 9-1-1.  Some residents may not have known where to acquire assistance and, in the past, may have called 9-1-1 for non-emergency, non-police or non-fire related concerns.  2-1-1 offers the appropriate resources and assistance residents need and also reduces unnecessary calls that may tie up the lines designated to handle police and fire emergencies.


Frittata Ingredients: Cooking Spray, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 6 eggs, 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup milk, ham, pepperoni, bacon, sweet onion, and/or spinach to taste. Directions: Beat eggs, add all other ingredients, bake for 15 minutes in muffin pan at 350 degrees. Let cool, serve, and enjoy!

Pineapple Fried Rice Ingredients: Rice, pineapple, pork, carrots, onions, shiitake mushrooms, garlic, cashews, egg, soy sauce, snow peas. Directions: Make the rice a day in advance, then cook the pork & onions together, then add the carrots, mushrooms, and garlic; then add the cashews, rice, soy sauce, and snow peas. Cook a scrambled egg or two & add to the dish, then serve!

Frosted Salad Ingredients: Lemon jello, boiling water, 7-up, crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows, bananas, sugar, flour, pineapple juice, 1 egg, butter, cream cheese, dream whip, crushed chopped nuts, shredded coconut.

Cheesy Italian BBQ Meatballs Ingredients: (Johnsonville) three cheese meatballs (Italian Style), italian dressing, worcester sauce, honey BBQ sauce, smoked BBQ sauce. Directions: Mix all ingredients into crockpot, let cook for 2-3 hours on high. Let cook longer if you want the sauce to soak into the meatballs more.

Oxtail Soup Ingredients: 5-10 oxtail, onion, mixed vegetables, potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes. Directions: Get a package of five or six nice size oxtails. Boil them in water around an hour. Drain that water and then put them in fresh water and boil for another hour. After that, cut six medium potatoes, half a medium onion, and half a head of cabbage and all that to the boiling water. Continue boiling and add two cans of mixed vegetables (drain the vegetables) and two cans of whole tomatoes (cut into fourths) with the juice from the cans. While the whole thing is boiling, cook a little macaroni, rinse, drain and add it to the soup. Add about one and a half cups of the cooked macaroni. Let that all cook for about another 30 minutes.

Sweet Potato Bisque Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter, 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped, 1 Vidalia onion, finely chopped, 1/2 inch knob ginger, peeled and finely chopped, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, 1 chipotle pepper, canned in adobo sauce, 4 cups chicken broth, 1 1/4 cups apple cider, 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 2 pounds), 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, sour cream, for serving, optional. Directions: Add the butter to a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Once the butter melts and becomes foamy, add the garlic, onions and ginger and saute until tender and fragrant, 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chipotle pepper and saute for 1 minute longer while breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Add the chicken broth, apple cider and sweet potatoes. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Puree the soup using an immersion blender until smooth and velvety. Finish by stirring in the heavy cream. Top each bowl with sour cream if using.

Bourbon Bacon Brownie Balls Ingredients for Bacon: pack smoked bacon-approx. 12-16 slices, 1 cup brown sugar (light). Preheat oven to 400f, cut parchment paper to fit baking tray, lay bacon tightly on the tray, cook bacon to crunchy light brown, once fat/meat is all crunchy take out and drain fat, pat dry and put on new parchment lined tray. Sprinkle brown sugar lightly over top of all bacon, turn over bacon and repeat. Bake in over another 5-6 minutes or until brown sugar melts, remove and cool, cut into small bits. Ingredients for brownies: 4 eggs, 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 8oz melted butter, cooled. 1 1/4 cup cocoa, 2tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2tsp salt. Preheat oven to 300f, mix eggs until fluffy, add both sugars and mix, sift all dries, together, add all dries, vanilla, and butter to wet, pour into 9x13 pan, bake 40-45 min. until toothpick comes out clean, cool completely. To make the balls: Added ingredients: 6tbsp bourbon, chocolate candy melts. Mix the brownies, 2/3 of the bacon, and bourbon. Form into balls (approx 1 tbsp per), lay on parchment lined tray and freeze 1 hour-overnight, melt chocolate on a double boiler, place remaining 1/3 bacon on a plate, using toothpicks put each ball into the chocolate to cover and let remaining chocolate come off (this will prevent some spreading on the tray). If the balls start to get soft, just re-freeze. Quickly dip into bacon bits and onto a clean parchment lined tray. Keep chilled in fridge when done.

Tom's OSU-Michigan Football Chili Ingredients: 1 lb. fresh mushrooms, 4 medium onions, 1/2 bunch celery, 4 (28oz. cans) whole tomatoes, 5 lb. hamburger, 3 (15 1/2 oz. cans) hot chili beans, 2 (40 oz. cans) kidney beans, 3 (1 qt. cans) tomato juice, butter. To Taste: Dried crushed hot peppers, dried oregano, tabasco sauce, worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, chili powder, salt, pepper. Three hours before the game begins: Chop mushrooms, onions, and celery, saute mushrooms in better; set aside, saute onions and celery together in butter with salt and garlic powder, divide into 2 large pots-all vegetables, tomatoes, and beans. Brown hamburger with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano. Divide hamburger between the pots, add tabasco, worcestershire, chili powder, and dried pepper to taste. Add tomato juice to fill the pots. Over medium heat, cook with occasional stirring until the game begins. Serve with cornbread, crackers, sour cream, and shredded cheddar cheese. Even better the next day!

Teresa's Hamloaf- Ingredients: 1 lb. ground pork, 1 lb. ground ham, 2 scant cups of graham cracker crumbs, 2 eggs-slightly beaten, 1/4 cup milk. Make into a loaf. Sauce: 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed), 1/4 cup condensed tomato soup (undiluted). Mix well and pour over loaf. Baste two or three times while baking. Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour 30 minutes.

Enchilade Casserole My Way Ingredients: Ground beef, enchilada sauce, salsa, rice, tortillas, corn, cheese, sour cream, jalapeno peppers, chips, chillis. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in salsa and enchilada sauce and then set aside. Brown tortillas and then place them in the bottom of a greased baking dish. Cover 1/3 of the meat mixture. Top with corn. Sprinkle cheese. Repeat adding rice, peppers, and chilis.

Classic Marietta Macaroni Salad Ingredients: 1 cup mayonaise, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 2/3 cup white sugar, 2 1/2 tbsp yellow mustard, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 large onion chopped, 2 stalks of celery chopped, 1 green pepper seeded and chopped, 1/4 cup graded carrots, 2 tsp chopped pimento peppers, macaroni. Directions: Large pot of lightly salted water to boil, add macaroni and cook until tender, about 8 min., rinse under cold water and drain. Mix in large bowl mayonaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Stir in onions, celery, green peppers, carrots, pementos, and macaroni. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving, preferably overnight. Serve.

Bacon-wrapped Smokies Ingredients: little smokies, bacon, and brown sugar. Directions: Cut bacon strip into thirds. Wrap one of the sections of bacon around the little smokie. Sprinkle brown sugar over the top. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.

Lentil Soup with Chicken Sausage Ingredients: Onion, chicken Italian sausage, garlic, chicken stock, lentils, stewed tomatoes, worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, black pepper, salt, ground cumin, bay leaf, carrots, celery, spinach. Directions: Brown sausage with onion and garlic, add stock, lentils, tomatoes, worcestershire sauce and spicces. Bring to boil and simmer 15 minutes, add carrots, celery & spinach, and simmer another 30 min. Remove bay leaf.

Hot Azz Piggy Poop Ingredients: 1 lb. spicy hot prok sausage, 1 lb. cream cheese, 10 oz. Rotel hot diced tomatoes. Directions: Fry the sausage and drain. Melt in the cream cheese. Add in the drained can of Rotel. Heat on low while stirring. Off to the recliner with corn chip scoops in hand.

Ham/Potato Soup Ingredients: Butter, onions, flour, chicken broth, milk, Velveta cheese, ham, potatoes. Directions: Melt butter, add onions, add flour, broth, milk, potatoes, and ham.