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June 18, 2008

Connecticut United Ways Unite for 2-1-1

June 18, 2008
Media Contact: Michelle Wade
Work: 203.691.4202
Cell: 860.834.0128

How will you spend the longest day of the year? On Saturday, June 21st, United Ways across Connecticut are joining forces for a “Day of Action” to spread the word about one of our state’s most valuable resources – 2-1-1. There are people in Greater New Haven who need essential services, want to help others, or seek advice but they don’t know where to turn. 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects people with important community services and volunteer opportunities.

In Greater New Haven, more than 51,638 local residents called 2-1-1 for information and referral last year. The most frequently requested services were for:
· Housing and shelter
· Information services
· Substance abuse services
· Utilities/heating assistance
· Outpatient mental health care

Callers to 2-1-1 reach knowledgeable, multi-lingual call specialists who are available 24 hours a day to find the answers needed. 2-1-1 can direct callers to summer youth programs, services for older adults, support groups, CPR training, volunteer opportunities, open child care slots, information about the HUSKY health care program, and much more. 2-1-1 also has a comprehensive service specifically for child development programs and concerns.

On June 21st, United Way of Greater New Haven is asking YOU to get involved and take action by getting informed about 2-1-1 and spreading the word:
· Go online to http://www.211ct.org/ to see what information is available;
· Tell 5 friends, neighbors or co-workers about this valuable service available free in Connecticut;
· Become an advocate by displaying 2-1-1 print materials at your office or with a civic organization.
· Set up a web link to 2-1-1 for your clients, customers, employees or friends to find help when they need it.

United Way 2-1-1 is a 24-hour, 7-day a week toll-free information and referral helpline, available anywhere in the state of Connecticut.

About United Way:
United Way brings together the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. Together with community partners, United Way identifies our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raises dollars and invest those dollars for results and connects people to their caring through volunteer opportunities.

More information about United Way of Greater New Haven's community leadership and how you can help can be found at http://www.uwgnh.org/.

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