February 11 kicked off 2-1-1 Advocacy Week, a reminder that help is just a phone call away. To recognize 2-1-1 Advocacy Week, state Sen. Anna M. Kaplan met with representatives from 2-1-1 Long Island to discuss the importance of this free and confidential resource, available 24/7, that provides crucial information to Long Islanders in need of assistance.
The 2-1-1 Long Island Call Center is staffed by trained information specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week who connect callers to critical and available resources such as shelter, food or utilities, as well as non-emergency services including job training, counseling, and education.
Call Center services are offered in more than 200 languages and 2-1-1’s searchable online database at www.211LongIsland.org includes detailed information on nearly 10,000 nonprofit and governmental programs. 2-1-1 Long Island is a partnership between United Way of Long Island and Middle Country Public Library.
“From accessing legal services to substance abuse treatment, I support 2-1-1 Long Island because the more resources that can remain in place for my constituents, the more vibrant and healthy is our community,” Kaplan said.
“United Way is grateful to have had the opportunity to meet with Senator Kaplan to discuss the importance of 2-1-1 and ensure that this service continues to be a vital resource for Nassau and Suffolk County residents,” said Elizabeth Eberhardt, United Way of Long Island’s 2-1-1 Long Island Director. “We appreciate her understanding the immense benefit this service provides for the families in her district and we look forward to future conversations on how we can continue to collaborate.”
In 2018, the 2-1-1 Call Center received 10,718 calls, in addition to nearly 313,000 visits to 211LongIsland.org.
For assistance in finding local resources, dial 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit www.211LongIsland.org.