Keeping people and communities healthy means more than access to medical care. It means ensuring people have the basics, like food, housing and economic opportunity. 211info is a nonprofit aiming to build healthier communities by offering free guidance and information about health and social services.

Each dollar you give to our nonprofit will go toward helping us answer calls, texts and emails from people who need help but aren’t sure where to turn, as well as supporting a large network of homeless service providers.

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Starting in 2011, two ambitious and socially conscious filmmakers had the idea of shooting a documentary film that shines a light on the dramatic personal stories behind the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. They turned to 211info as the entry point for capturing the story.

For two winters (a two-week stretch to film the pilot one year and several months to shoot the documentary the next) Emmy award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz were embedded with their crew in the 211info offices and in the community. American Winter is the film that emerged - and it is gives a lot of insight as to the type of people we assist on a daily basis.

This film is a touching portrayal of individual families who, like so many people across the U.S., were once middle class but now find themselves below the poverty line and trying desperately to make ends meet.

In February 2013, American Winter debuted at the Portland International Film Festival where it won the Best Documentary Award. It then aired nationally on HBO a month later.

211info was proud to participate in the film. And we're very thankful to Joe and Harry Gantz for their thoughtful storytelling. We hope the documentary raises awareness and elevates the national conversation about poverty on a personal level.