Cold weather resources available


August is full of sunshine, warm weather, and opportunities for outdoor summer fun. However, August also reminds people that summer is coming to its seasonal end and soon they will be experiencing cooler autumnal months. Therefore, August is an ideal time for preparation for the fall months soon to come. 

Although this can be a welcome and celebrated change of seasons, it can mean an added expense to individuals struggling financially. Great Rivers 2-1-1 can help people prepare for associated costs of cooler weather with referrals for electrical and heating assistance, secondhand clothing, food pantries and more. Great Rivers 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is a great source of referrals for anyone who needs assistance or help with direction. If you or someone you know could use help dial 2-1-1 anytime. 

The Simply Dial 2-1-1 * Get Connected, Get Answers column is provided by Great Rivers 2-1-1, an information and referral and crisis line service. Professionally trained staff can answer your questions about local, statewide, and national resources and can assist you with all kinds of life situations and challenges.

It is free and confidential and serves Western Wisconsin, Southeast Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa. Simply dial the three-digit telephone number 2-1-1 or 800-362-8255 to learn more.

Language interpretation and TTY are available. Chat with staff or text your zip code to 898211.

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