It happened to me 

A handy guide to some resources you may find you need in Central Florida

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Something’s wrong and I need to call the police. If you’re in the city of Orlando and it’s not an emergency, dial 321-235-5300. Outside city limits (but still in Orange County), call 407-836-4357. Of course, if it’s an emergency, the old 911 will do no matter where you are.

It might be good if I could talk to an attorney, but I know I can’t afford it. Check in with the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, or 407-841-8310.

Hey, I hate my current political representation. What’s the best way for me to vote them out? You can update your voter registration when you update your driver’s license, but for a direct route – and a guaranteed early voting site – head over to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office,

I need a new driver’s license, because I’m pretty sure I lost mine in the move or on that hottie’s nightstand. You have a couple of options, but both require a wait in line. You can find your closest full-service Department of Motor Vehicles office by going to (things have recently been consolidated), or you can (and probably should) just go to the local county tag agency, listed on the same website, or call 407-836-4145.

I need medical attention, but I don’t have insurance or a job. Theoretically, the emergency room of any local hospital should see you. But there are several free clinics operated by Shepherd’s Hope ( around town, serving the ill on a first-come-first-served basis. The downtown medical volunteer health center sees patients from 6-9 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (101 S. Westmoreland Drive).

My dog ran away! Call Orange County Animal Services at 407-836-3111 while you’re making your posters.

I have created a ridiculous amount of yard waste. You can find the regulations and the scheduled weekly pickup times within city limits at, or call the solid waste division at 407-246-2314. In Orange County, not Orlando? Check or call 407-836-6601.

I think I got an STD, or maybe I’m pregnant? The Center, at 946 N. Mills Ave., offers free HIV testing seven days a week (407-228-8272). For other reproductive concerns (both male and female), Planned Parenthood has two offices in the area. Call 407-246-1788 for information.

I can’t afford to feed my kids. There are several food banks in town – some religiously affiliated, some not – but Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is the most prominent. It’s at 3533 Mercy Drive, 407-295-1066.

I am without a home and I need a place to sleep. Best to start at the Coalition for the Homeless downtown, 639 W. Central Blvd., 407-426-1250.

There’s a tree leaning against my power line. Call the Orlando Utilities Commission at 407-423-9018.

I’m considering offing myself. First, please don’t. Pick up your phone and call LifeLine of Central Florida at 407-425-5201.

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