Furloughed government workers in need of social services and individuals with questions about Obamacare can call the United Way of Central Maryland's 211 hotline to get help.

The free hotline is available to connect those in need to connect to food pantries, health care services and utility and eviction prevention assistance. Callers also can receive information on job training, transportation, tutoring, drug and alcohol services, home health care and volunteer opportunities.

The United Way also recently added a call specialist through a CareFirst grant who is devoted to answering questions about health care resources.

More than 78,000 central Marylanders received help last year. The call center can access 4,700 resources and provide information in 150 languages.

For help, dial 2-1-1.

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