Helpful Resources

Community Resources

If you’re looking for resources in the community, you can start your search here with some of these organizations and directories.

Pennsylvania 2-1-1 East. Powered by the United Way, find help; get connected; this is a free, confidential, non-emergency, comprehensive information and referral service, available 24/7, that connects Lebanon County residents with the health and human services they need.  Call 2-1-1 or search their website for the resources or services you need.

Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County: this local organization provides resources and support for survivors and their friends and family; for the local DVI hotline call 717-273-7190 or toll free 1-866-686-0451.

End Rape on Campus: this organization works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels.

Find Childcare in Pennsylvania

Fredericksburg Community Center

Human Services of Lebanon County Directory (compiled by the United Way of Lebanon County)

JOY: Jonestown Outreach Pantry

Lebanon County LINK to Aging and Disability Resources offers information and resources for persons over 60, adults with disabilities and their caregivers.

Lebanon County Resource Guide (provided by Pennsylvania Department of Health)

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: the U.S.’s leading grassroots organization against domestic violence aims to be catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence by affecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change.  Find resources including research, statistics, webinars, training, and assistance, such as safety plans, cosmetic support, financial education, and resources.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: Find resources to get help, how to tell ‘if this is abuse,’ information about healthy relationships, and resources for victims and survivors.  The hotline is 24/7/365 call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for assistance or visit www.thehotline.org for live chat assistance.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: this non-profit organization provides resources including research, statistics, statutes, training curricula, prevention initiatives, and program information.

No Wrong Door: Lebanon County Resource Guide (assists Lebanon County residents in finding available resources in a wide range of areas)

Northern Lebanon Senior Community Center

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network): The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline; call 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit hotline.rainn.org/online for chat, to find a local provider, or for more information.

Transitions: Human Services Resource Guide: For those facing career changes and/or other hard times (compiled by the United Way of Lebanon County)

Crisis Intervention Resources

If you or someone you know is struggling, you are not alone; there is hope, and there are people willing to listen.  Call 717-274-3363 for Lebanon County (PA) Crisis Intervention or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24/7; it’s free, and confidential.  Or visit one of these online resources for more information, intervention, or further resources.

American Association of Suicidology offers information, research, training, and more for suicide prevention.

Lebanon County Suicide Prevention Task Force offers resources and information.

Lifeline is the online home of National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; get help or get involved; there’s also an online chat function to reach someone to talk.

Crisis Text Line offers resources as well as text support and intervention; if you are in crisis, text START to 741741 to get help and talk to someone.

IMAlive (formerly called Hope Line) offers resources, help, and intervention via chat online.

 

Fact Checking Resources

FactCheck.  A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, it is a non-partison, non-profit project that “monitor[s] the factual accuracy of what is said by the major U.S. political players.”  Divisions of FactCheck include SciCheck, Health Watch, Facebook Initiative (debunks fake news stories), and Viral Spiral (debunks viral content from all over the Internet).

Fake News: A collection of resources to assist readers and researchers in spotting fake news and fake news sources.  This LibGuide, hosted by University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries and created by its Law and Public Policy Librarian, provides a “one-stop shop” of research, fact checking resources, newsfeeds, and more to assist readers and researchers in determining what’s fake news and what isn’t.

Fake News: How to Spot It.  Learn about fake news and how to spot it by reading this webpage provided by Enoch Pratt Free Library, State Library Resource Center, Baltimore, Maryland.

Google Image Search.  While this tool can be used to find images online by typing in key words, if the user clicks on the camera icon to the right of the box, they upload an image or link an image by URL to track down an image’s origins.

Media Bias/Fact Check.  Billed as “the most comprehensive media bias resource on the internet,” search its database of 2,500+ media sources to check the bias of any source.

PolitiFact & PunditFact.  Both sites are run by the editors and journalists of the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida; both projects fact check what is said by elected officials, pundits, and others who speak up in American politics.

Snopes.  The Internets best known source for fact checking online rumors, viral content, and urban legends.

TinEye.  This reverse image search tool allows the user to upload or link an image to find out where it appears online; users can use this tool to track images back to their original posting.

Whois Lookup.  Use this tool to find out who is the owner of record of domains and IP addresses; other tools are available via this website.

Local Municipalities & Schools
Tax Forms & Tax Help

Need a local, state, or federal tax form or instruction booklet?  Try one of these sites!

Internal Revenue Service (Official home of the federal tax forms and instruction booklets)

Pennsylvania Revenue Department (Tax forms for the state income tax)

Lebanon County Earned Income Tax (Administered by Keystone Collections Group)

My Free Taxes is an initiative of the United Way through which you can receive free guidance, assistance, and filing of your taxes online or in person.  Visit the website to learn more about My Free Taxes or to learn about other initiatives and partnerships of the United Way.

Voter Information and Registration

These sites provide information about voter registration as well as information about local, state, and national elections.

Ballotpedia.  An online encyclopedia of American politics and elections, firmly committed to neutrality, this website’s goal is to provide accurate, objective information about politics at all levels of government.

Smart Voter.  Powered by League of Women Voters, this website allows the user to access information about candidates and measures that will appear on their ballot; an archive of past local elections is also available.

Vote 411.  Powered by League of Women Voters Education Fund, this website lets the user build their ballot, compare candidates that will appear on their ballot, and print out their preferences as a reminder to take along to the polls on voting day.

Votes PA. Pennsylvania Department of State Voting Information website where you can apply for an absentee ballot, find your polling place, check your voter registration status, update your voter registration, register to vote, and more.

 

 

Additional Resources

Book Sale Finder.  Do you go book saling like other people go yard saling?  This site is for you; it provides listings for upcoming booksales in PA.  Check the rest of the site for booksales nationwide.

Opt Out Prescreen is the official Consumer Credit Reporting Industry website to accept and process requests from consumers to opt in or opt out of firm offers of credit or insurance.  If you’re tired of receiving pre-screened credit card offers, then visit this website to opt out of receiving these offers for five years or to request an information packet to fill out to permanently opt out of receiving these offers.

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