World Humanitarian Day: HFUW Honors 211 Specialists Helping Those in Crisis

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Initially created to honor the 22 humanitarian aid workers who lost their lives in a 2003 bombing in Baghdad, World Humanitarian Day — commemorated annually on August 19 — brings people from across the humanitarian system together to advocate for people impacted by crisis and for the aid workers who sacrifice so much to do their important work.  

You may not realize it, but a lot of this work is happening in your own backyard. 

Every day, people in crisis call 211. Their problems range from a need for food to a desperate plea for rental assistance so they can keep their children in a stable home. Most who call are stressed and battling sometimes crippling anxiety. 

On World Humanitarian Day, we honor the 211 specialists who take those calls, listen to the hard truths, and help all those in crisis. It’s a hard job, and it often takes a heavy toll.  

We are grateful for these specialists on the frontlines of the battle to lift our neighbors in difficult times. In the midst of our housing crisis and as the cost of living continues to soar, their service is needed more than ever. 

So are you! If you are looking for a way to give back, there is no better time. The needs in our community are great.   

What You Can Do   

A donation of your time, talent, or treasure could make a difference in someone’s life. That impact is at the core of World Humanitarian Day. Heart of Florida United Way is proud to serve, and we hope you join us.  

For more information about how you can volunteer or donate, visit

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