Operation Fuel, Inc. Winter Program   
A Message from Richard Porth          
President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut  

The Operation Fuel Winter Program began accepting applications on December 1, 2017. The program provides assistance of up to $500 for heating expenses for households in Connecticut with incomes at or below 75% of the State Median Income who are in crisis. To learn more about the Operation Fuel Winter Program and its eligibility criteria click and how to apply HERE or dial 2-1-1.

Operation Fuel is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to providing year-round help with energy costs for 40 years. Visit  to learn more about Operation Fuel and click HERE to learn more about Operation Fuel's 40 years of service.

Use 2-1-1 to Find Resources During the Holiday Season
There are a number of programs and organizations working to make this holiday season a happy time for families in need throughout Connecticut. Whether food, gifts, or holiday meals, 2-1-1 has the most up-to-date information about holiday assistance available. Visit or call 2-1-1 for information on resources and services being offered across the state.
Interested in when and where holiday meals are being offered this season? Visit  and search "Christmas Meals" to find a location near you to enjoy a holiday meal or click HERE for a list of 35 locations offering meals throughout Connecticut.

2-1-1 Counts Now Displays Age and Gender Information
2-1-1's online data dashboard, 2-1-1 Counts, is a tool that provides real-time, searchable and visual presentations of  2-1-1 call center data.

If you are interested in learning more about what services Connecticut residents are seeking when they call 2-1-1, check out to analyze call data, observe trends and identify statewide and community specific needs. 2-1-1 call data can be filtered by ZIP Code, municipality, legislative district and custom time frame.

Recently, Connecticut became the first state to include demographics' (gender and age) information about 2-1-1 callers on the 2-1-1 Counts Website. With this new feature, elected officials, decision makers, stakeholders, interested parties and concerned citizens can dig even deeper into 2-1-1's call center data.

Support Groups
Support groups create an environment where individuals can share their experiences, strengths, and hopes with others. Connecticut 2-1-1 maintains a database that includes nearly 500 support groups focused on a variety of needs and life circumstances including:
  • Parent Support Groups
  • Domestic Violence Support Groups
  • Pet Loss Support Groups
  • Support Groups for Loss of Loved Ones
  • Alzeheimer's Support Groups
  • Kinship Caregiver Support Groups

Click HERE for a complete list of support group topics or visit and search "support groups" for a list of specific support groups offered across the state. If you or someone you care about is in need of emotional support, information and/or resources, consider learning more about an appropriate support group or calling 2-1-1 to speak with a Call Specialist about other community resources.