United Way of Broward County


Every hour of every day, someone in the United States needs essential services-from finding substance abuse assistance to securing adequate care for a child or an aging parent. Faced with a dramatic increase in the number of agencies and help lines, people often don't know where to turn. In many cases, people end up going without these necessary and readily available services because they do not know where to start.

While services that are offered through 2-1-1 vary from community to community, 2-1-1 provides callers with information about and referrals to human services for every day needs and in times of crisis. For example, 2-1-1 can offer access to the following types of services:


Basic Human Needs Resources: food banks, clothing closets, shelters, rent assistance, utility assistance.


Physical and Mental Health Resources: health insurance programs, Medicaid and Medicare, maternal health, Children’s Health Insurance Program, medical information lines, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention and rehabilitation.


Employment Supports: financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance, education programs.


Support for Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities: adult day care, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, home health care, transportation, homemaker services.


Support for Children, Youth and Families: child care, after school programs, Head Start, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring, protective services. 


Volunteer Opportunities and Donations.


For information on 2-1-1 Broward, please call 2-1-1 or 954.537.0211 or visit:




Project Lifeline


Project Lifeline is United Way of Broward County’s response to the increased demands being place upon organizations and agencies in our community due to the economic hardships now facing so many of our families. 

Initiated in May 2009, the program purchases and delivers nutritious food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, rice, beans, grains and canned goods, to a network of approximately 25 food banks and feeding programs throughout Broward County.  Food is delivered on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis, depending on the need/volume of clientele visiting each food pantry.  Type of food (perishable/non-perishable) is also determined by the capacity of each pantry to store and distribute food.  Pantry needs are reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Satisfaction in food quality, delivery and overall operation of the program is also monitored throughout the year.

Since May 2009, more than 5 million pounds of nutritious food has been distributed to more than 25 food pantries and feeding programs throughout Broward County.

For additional information about Project Lifeline, please contact  954-453-3730.