Thursday, February 11, 2016

February 11 Is National 2-1-1 Day!

VisionLink Is Proud To Support 2-1-1s




Do you know 2-1-1?

Did you know that in 1997 the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta was the first to introduce a 2-1-1 service?1  Later, in 2000, the Federal Communications Commission approved 2-1-1 nationwide as a short number in the United States. The success 2-1-1 garnered in the United States opened services in Toronto, Canada in 2002.3

Today, VisionLink would like to share our gratitude towards all 2-1-1’s across North America and the qualified call specialists, the backbone of 2-1-1.

The United Way Worldwide declared February 11 as National 2-1-1 Day to recognize the importance of an anonymous, easy to remember 3-digit phone number (211) that was available to 24/7. 2-1-1 is confidential and helps people across North America find the local resources they need.1 2-1-1 provides a variety of different services including:

-     Veteran Services
-     Job/Workforce Assistance
-     Food
-     Crisis
-     Housing
-     Health
-     Emergency and Disaster

National 2-1-1 day honors trained call and resource specialists, and the many organizations, which work so hard to connect the needs and assets in communities across the world. Every day, thousands of people across North America turn to 2-1-1 for information and referral support.

As of February 2015, 2-1-1 serves over 291 million Americans (93% of the entire population) covering all 50 states plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. Congratulations 2-1-1.2

Be proud of the work you do every day, everywhere across North America.

If you are curious to know more about 2-1-1 and how VisionLink supports 2-1-1s throughout the country, please visit:

http://visionlink.org/communityOS-for-211-community-resources

Also, you can contact me directly at: marketing@VisionLink.org

Have a Happy 2-1-1 Day!

Breda Anderson
VisionLink
Marketing Associate

1 http://www.rickeystokesnews.com/article.php/february-11th-is-national-2-1-1-day-137987    

2  http://www.wtvy.com/content/news/February-11th-is-National-2-1-1-Day-368051641.html
3  http://www.211us.org/status.htm

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2-1-1 Colorado and Lafayette's Foothills United Way Expand Services for Immigrants & Refugees


2-1-1 Colorado, which provides information and referrals to immigrants and refugees on resources such as citizenship classes, English as a second language programs, legal services and others, are supporting the expansion of the program. Read more about the expansion of this program by clicking the link.