United Way Celebrates National 2-1-1 Day

Most people know they can dial 9-1-1 for a medical emergency or to report a crime or 4-1-1 to inquire a phone number or an address. But the general public might not be aware that there is also a 2-1-1 human services hotline for anything from employment support to finding a shelter location.

United Way of the Coastal Empire celebrates National 2-1-1 Day on February 11th, 2010. It is a day to honor the service that connects millions of individuals across the country with the services they need.

Locally, United Way of the Coastal Empire’s 2-1-1 serves seven counties: Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh. Last year, United Way’s 2-1-1 received 13,955 calls to connect individuals to food banks, clothing shelters, rent assistance, utility assistance, as well as to physical and mental health resources, employment support and support for elderly citizens and persons with disabilities. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.

“The 2-1-1 helpline is a critical resource for those inneed in our community,” said Trudy Jones, director of United Way’s 2-1-1. “It is a free, confidential, single access point for everyday needs and in times of crisis.”

United Way’s 2-1-1 is made possible by the partnerships of Atlanta Gas Light Company, Publix Supermarkets, local individual donors, Department of Family and Children Services and funding from United Ways, local and national.

For information and referrals, simply dial 2-1-1 or 912.651.7730 for assistance. United Way’s 2-1-1 is also available online at www.uwce.org.

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