Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 1:47 p.m.
United Way supports 211 Ontario to help communities in crisis
United Way Prescott-Russell has invested $30,000 in enhancements to 211 Ontario, in order to provide further support to communities facing a crisis.
The $30,000 investment comes from funds raised at a community concert in Rockland and through group and individual donations. These donations were in response to the 2017 spring floods in the region. The money will be going towards 211 Ontario, a telephone service that people can call when they are searching for specific local services.
The 211 Ontario database contains over 60 000 resources with valuable and up-to-date information regarding programs and services available in communities throughout Ontario. Specialists are available 24/7 every day of the year and services are available in over 150 languages. It provides free and confidential information on community, health, social and government services.
“I want people to know that if they are looking for information, they only have to dial 2-1-1,” said Julie Demers, a 211 staff member and Clarence-Rockland resident. “During a disaster, like a flood, 211 staff can confirm callers where to get sandbags or where to volunteer.”