United Ways looking for public’s help to save 211

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Louisiana Association of United Ways recently launched a state-wide campaign to help fund and save their 2-1-1 service, an easy-to-remember number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community.
Because of to recent budget cuts, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a bill that will allow Louisiana residents to donate a portion of their tax returns to help keep 2-1-1 going.
According to Trista Brazan, St. John United Way executive director, “An average of 250,000 people a year call 2-1-1, in both good times and bad. Now, we need Louisiana residents help to keep it available to those who need it most. It’s important to remember that one day, the person needing help, might just be
you or someone you love.”
Those who file an individual tax return and have overpaid their tax may choose to donate all or part of their overpayment, which is shown on Line 32 of Form IT-540-2D, to the organizations or funds listed.
On line 13 of their returns, residents can designate the amount of overpayment they wish to donate to the Louisiana Association of United Ways 2-1-1 Service.