NORWICH – Recognizing the need to connect county residents with essential human services, the United Way of Chenango County and Chenango County Department of Social Services are working jointly to bring the community 2-1-1, a telephone service that connects people with the help they’re looking for.
In the United States, 2-1-1 answered more than 15.8 million calls in 2012. Calls direct citizens to non-emergency services such as employment, food pantries, training, addiction prevention programs, affordable housing options, support groups, and other community resources. Thanks to a collaborative agreement with the United Way of Broome County, Chenango County may have the same options as early as September.
“The goal is to make services much more accessible to people,” explained Chenango United Way Director Elizabeth Monaco. “It’s a great option for us to have in this area.”