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New Budget Includes 211 Equipment Upgrade

March 16, 2020

You Played an Important Role in Supporting our Call Centers! The state legislature has approved this week a supplemental operating budget that includes $200,000 for upgrading telecommunications and other equipment for Washington 211 call centers. While a modest request, supplemental budget requests can be difficult to get funded. Your work in reaching out to your legislators, whether…

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Commerce launches new, improved Retirement Marketplace

February 12, 2020

Updated web portal with user-friendly design features and more educational resources helps owners of small businesses and individuals easily shop for affordable, state-verified retirement savings plans. OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce has launched the new Retirement Marketplace, a one-stop, easy-to-use website that helps owners of small businesses and individuals comparison shop for retirement savings plans. All plans on the marketplace are from…

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Millions of dollars in Earned Income Tax Credits go unclaimed each year – is some of it yours?

February 5, 2020

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is an important benefit for working people with low to moderate incomes, but you must file a federal tax return to get it, even if you owe no income tax.OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce reminds anyone earning up to $55,952 that they may be eligible…

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211 Lobby Day for 2020 Session

January 17, 2020

Dear 211 leaders and supporters, The Washington 211 Advocacy Day in Olympia will be February 11 (National 211 Day). Your full engagement in this day will play an important role in supporting our request for $222,000 in critical equipment and infrastructure upgrades. Key to the success of this day are legislator meetings. Call center managers…

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South Sound 2-11: Get Connected. Get Help.

August 22, 2019

“Thirty seconds into the phone call, there is a piercing scream that would give you tinnitus in your ear if you don’t already have it. J’nai Starks smiles. This isn’t new to her when she answers a call to South Sound 2-1-1.” –read more!

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Fruit and vegetable incentives put healthy food within reach

June 14, 2019

Power to choose – read more!Fruit and vegetable incentives put healthy food in Washington shoppers’ reach. Complete Eats coupons  provide matching funds for fruits and vegetables. Every purchase $10 dollars of fruit and vegetables at participating Safeway stores, earns a $5 coupon for fruits and vegetables toward a future purchase.

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WASHINGTON 2-1-1 IS TRANSITIONING TO A NEW DATABASE VENDOR

May 14, 2019

Big changes are coming to Washington 2-1-1! We are currently in the process of transitioning to a new database vendor for our community resources database. What does this mean for you, our users? We will be introducing a BRAND NEW search website which will launch in June 2019. Resource updates are currently -frozen-. During this…

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1 WEEK LEFT TO FILE YOUR TAXES

April 7, 2019

The clock is ticking…. 1 week left to submit your tax return to the IRS. Tax returns are due Monday April 15th 2019, but don’t worry, there are still free ways to file your taxes. Prepare yourself with MyFreeTaxes.comThe MyFreeTaxes.com partnership provides free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance for qualified individuals. It’s easy, safe, secure…

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DON’T PAY TO FILE YOUR TAXES ONLINE

February 28, 2019

United Way partners with industry leader H&R Block to help people easily and accurately file both their federal and state taxes through MyFreeTaxesTM. MyFreeTaxes is mobile optimized so anyone can access MyFreeTaxes.com from their computer, tablet or smart phone. Most filers complete their taxes in less than hour. Read more to learn more about this program including: Don’t pay to file…

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FEBRUARY 11TH (2/11) IS NATIONAL 2-1-1 DAY!

February 10, 2019

Last year, 2-1-1 answered more than 12.8 million requests for help, on the phone, via text and web chat #211day. We’re here to help by making connections for healthier communities. Join us incelebrating #211day on Monday.

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