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5 Ways 211 Can Make Life Easier

Jan 28, 2020 | Blog

211 Day (February 11 or 2/11) is right around the corner. Many people are unfamiliar with 211 and the information and referral services provided. Learn about 211 and the importance of the services in our community.

Whether you’re searching for information or a resource for someone in the community, chances are that dialing 211 can solve your problem for free.  Every day, people call, and text with highly trained specialists at 211 Susquehanna River Region to find food, housing, healthcare, financial assistance, job training and more. Our 211 Susquehanna River Region Contact Center provides information and referrals to agencies and programs in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, and Tioga Counties. This vital service is part of United Way’s effort to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person, in every community.




Here are five ways that 211 could help you, too:

1.  Filing your taxes, for free.
Depending on your income level, 211 can help connect you with an easy way to file your taxes for free, in-person. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is open now and 211 Information and Referral Specialist can assist you to see if you qualify and set you up with a free appointment

2. Making sure your new child is growing developmentally.
There is so much information out there about the early stages of child development that it can be hard to understand. 211 specialists can connect you to someone who can help.

3. Getting a new job.
Whether you’re looking to re-enter the workforce, upgrade your job or find a new career, contact 211 and ask about resume review services, employment opportunities, and training programs.

4. Saving the life of your injured pet.
Unexpected medical costs aren’t just for people, they can happen for an injured or sick pet, too. 211 may be able to help find a nonprofit with emergency assistance funds or a vet clinic that offers low-cost services for limited-income households so you can get your furry friend the treatment they need.

5. Finding support.
If you, a friend, or a loved one is looking for a therapist, addiction treatment resource, or support group, don’t spend hours searching online or simply avoiding finding help. 211 maintains a robust list of resources in your community, including free services, so you can skip the frustration and headache.

HELP 24/7. 365 DAYS. 211 is a free and confidential service that helps people across the U.S find the local resources they need. We are here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.