United Way Lists Top 10 Unmet Needs in Connecticut in 2013

Requests for help on are the rise and so is the number of unmet needs.

The United Way released a list detailing the most common requests made to the 2-1-1 helpline that the organization is not able to help with. The report shows unmet needs rising since 2010 along with the overall number of calls.

Among highest unmet needs were for utility assistance, with the majority of requests asking for help with the electric or gas bill.

Assistance with rent and housing make up the majority of the requests in the top five, with help making the holidays more festive dominating the bottom of the top 10.

View a slideshow of the most unmet needs as reported by the United Way and download the full report above.

“In challenging economic times, the social safety net becomes more important than ever,” the United Way wrote in the report. “The volume of need increases significantly, putting the social safety net to the test, sometimes resulting in critical gaps in coverage.”

United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1 call centers and website handled 535,667 requests in 2013, some 36,500 (6.8 percent) of which they were unable to help.

“In most cases of unmet need, the reasons why referrals could not be made are that the caller was ineligible or the service was unavailable,” according to the United Way. “To a much lesser extent (fewer than 0.1 percent of all cases), the reason for the unmet needs is that the fee was too high or transportation was not available.”
CCL February 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM
It's never a time to kill a helpless baby growing in its mothers womb. The womb should be the safest place for a baby. Millions of babies have been murdered in this country for no fault of their own. And people justify it with ignorant comments and hard hearts. It's disgusting.
Emanon Emanon February 20, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Speak for yourself, please. I love killing babies. It's probably my favorite hobby.
Tmc February 20, 2014 at 10:16 PM
@Blow; CCL posted her view, I posted mine. That's all we did. It's how a forum board works. It has nothing to do with respect. She can go out and block the entrance of every clinic she can get to for all I care. She says it's murder, I say it isn't. That is all. I didn't call her an idiot or anything disparaging; I merely posted my counterpoint to her argument, got it? kthxbai!
Gerald M. Gaynor February 21, 2014 at 07:09 AM
Some of the comments on this topic are reminiscent of Mr. Obama's expressed belief that there has to be some common ground between the pro-abortion people and the pro-life people. In the real world, where actual moral judgments are made, that is ludicrous. Moral beings look to ethical categorical imperatives and act accordingly. Support of Planned Parenthood is simply one among many reasons not to support The United Way.
REVMAN February 23, 2014 at 10:25 AM
I asked(years ago) a United Way Rep. who was soliciting donations what if the donations came to EXACTLY what the CEO receives for compensation(PAY- AND)??? We were told this" HE HAS A CONTRACT AND MUST BE PAID". I never donated to them again.


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