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United Way applies to add local 211

August 3, 2012

WAYNE ALLEN


PDT Staff Writer


The United Way of Scioto County is looking to expand its operations by bringing 2-1-1 to Scioto County.


According to 211us.org, “2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that, where available, connects people with important community services and volunteer opportunities. In 2010, 2-1-1 services in the United States answered more than 16.4 million calls.” According to, www.211ohio.net, there are currently 19 2-1-1 call centers throughout Ohio serving the residents of 34 counties.


Mary Ann Miars-Peercy, Executive Director of the United Way of Scioto County, said they are in the process of applying to Ohio AIRS (Alliance for Information and Referral Systems) to receive designation as a 2-1-1 call center. She said if the designation is granted, the launch of 2-1-1 in Scioto County would not take place until June of 2013.


Miars-Peercy said the United Way is in the process of building a database of social service agencies within Scioto County and the services they provide, to be used by 2-1-1.


“2-1-1 is a nationally recognized, easy to remember phone number that quickly and effectively connects people in need with resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No longer will a caller spend time making phone calls to 10 to 14 places looking for one service. With 2-1-1, residents find many available resources with one phone call,” Miars-Peercy said.


She said this will help alleviate unnecessary calls to 9-1-1.


On Tuesday, the Scioto County Commissioners signed a letter, supporting the United Way of Scioto County and their efforts to bring 2-1-1 to Scioto County. “We feel confident that this great service will provide a much needed benefit to everyone in the community,” the commissioners’ letter stated.


For more information about the United Way of Scioto County visit their office at 1671 Grant St., in Portsmouth, or call 740-353-5121, or visit www.uwsciotocounty.org.


Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 208, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.