Aloha United Way brings resources, organizations and people together to advance the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. Aloha United Way 211 is Hawaii’s comprehensive, community information and referral helpline. Recently they created a portal specifically for parents and families to find what they need in their specific area. Now not only can you call 211 for help and referrals, you can also search their Keiki Central database online, 24/7 at auw211.org/KeikiCentral

Keiki Central was developed to help give parents a fast, easy, one-stop location to find the services and support they need from pregnancy to childcare resources, to parenting support, and more. 211 is powered by caring, local experts, trained to understand complex problems and help families find financial resources and other assistance programs, like SNAP and QUEST. It’s free and confidential, too.

Keiki Central is part of a statewide effort to coordinate a centrally-located online directory. Early Childhood Action Strategy (ECAS) and Aloha United Way partnered over a multi-year period to develop this important resource, and to help make it faster and more seamless for families to access resources. Information is regularly reviewed and updated, and organizations are welcome to contact 211 to add or update a listing. 

Keiki Central aims to be a one-stop community resource for young children’s programs and services across the entire state of Hawaii. The platform is designed to connect families with the resources they need with the fewest number of clicks. Services and programs can be found by zip code or island, with the ability to view on a geographic map. The services and programs you see on Keiki Central are a subset of all the resources available on 211, based on those services and programs most relevant to families with children prenatal through age 8.

MY LIFE WAS CHANGED BY 211: “I was pregnant and living in a car with my husband and 2 other children. My husband was working but we were still in poverty. We received benefits for the basics: food, clothing and shelter, but I didn’t want my children to grow up houseless. I heard about 211 but didn’t have much hope, but my life changed after I called. Not only was I given hope, but 211 connected me with a resource to help with a security deposit. They also referred us to a place for furniture. Three weeks after I contacted 211, I had a C-section and gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Thanks to 211, my baby and our family moved out of our car and into a home. Words cannot express what this program did for me.” 

Check out auw211.org/keikiCentral today. You will be glad you did.

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