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United Way holds Relief-A-Thon to connect struggling Ham Co. residents to resources

The United Way will be taking calls in the days and weeks ahead to connect people with the help they need.
Updated: Mar. 16, 2021 at 10:04 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A two-hour Relief-A-Thon in Hamilton County ran Tuesday to help people hit hard financially by the pandemic.

Dozens of people spread over two floors at the United Way answered calls from Hamilton County residents. When folks dialed 211, they were connected to the appropriate county department for help.

Calls came in for help with housing, access to healthcare, food, internet and other financial assistance.

The goal?

“To get people the information they need,” Moira Weir, CEO of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, said. “To get them connected.”

The callers are promised a return call within 24-48 hours to get them the help they need.

The United Way 211 call center has been busy the entire pandemic. They routinely receive calls from people of all walks of life struggling to make ends meet.

“Just reminds us all how important human interaction and just hearing a voice, a friendly voice, on the other side that wants to help you at a time when everybody is stressed and everybody is feeling anxious,” Weir said. “This helps alleviate that.”

After tonight, the United Way will gather the data from those phone calls so they know where in the community people need help the most.

“It helps inform us, so we build better programming and we also do better advocacy and policy change,” Weir said.

If you missed the Relief-A-Thon Tuesday, don’t worry. The United Way will still be taking calls in the days and weeks ahead to connect people with the help they need.

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