February 11 is 211 Day across North America, a day for United Way, 211 service providers, and their supporters to raise awareness of this valuable service in the community and across the province.
According to a media release from the United Way of KFL&A, 211 is a helpline available by phone, chat or online search that helps residents across Canada navigate the complex network of government, health, community and social services quickly and easily, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with interpretation in over 150 languages.
The United Way added that 211 launched in Kingston and the surrounding area in 2010. Locally funded by the United Way of KFL&A and the City of Kingston, 211 helps residents in Kingston and the counties of Frontenac and Lennox & Addington connect with the right services at the right time, providing an important gateway to community, social, non-clinical health, and related government services.
“The 211 service helps residents in our communities connect with social programs, government support, and other services by helping them find the right service at the right time,” said Bhavana Varma, President and CEO of United Way KFL&A. “211 is a lifeline for challenging life situations Ontario residents may experience and provides information about where to turn.”
To help celebrate 211 Day, buildings across Canada are turning red on February 11th, including Kingston City Hall and Market Square, the United Way stated, urging residents throughout the KFL&A area to “make the right call” if they want or need non-emergency help by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting www.211ontario.ca.