Kent gives grant to United Way

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A new grant from Kent to United Way of Portage County will help spread awareness of the nonprofit group's 211 hotline, which is a free and confidential information referral service that connects callers with local health and human service providers.

The $4,500 grant will be used to mail 211 hotline magnets to Kent homes and provide information to agencies in Kent along with general promotion and advertisement of the service, said Brian Duchon, president and CEO of United Way of Portage County.

 "United Way 211 is helping to improve education, income and health in Kent by connecting residents with needed health and human services," Duchon said. "The financial support and partnership with the city of Kent will help United Way to connect even more residents with critical services and create opportunities for a better life."​

Users can access the 211 system by calling 2-1-1 from landlines and cell phones or by visiting 211portage.org.

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