Senator Philip Boyle Joins United Way of Long Island to Recognize 2-1-1 Call Center Expanding to 24/7

Written by Long Island News & PR  |  08. February 2018

Deer Park, NY - February 8, 2018 - February 11 is 2-1-1 Day, a reminder that help is just a phone call away. To recognize 2-1-1 Day, Senator Philip Boyle met with representatives from 2-1-1 Long Island to discuss the importance of this free and confidential resource, now available 24/7, that provides crucial information to Long Islanders in need of assistance, and accepted a certificate of appreciation for his support. 
2-1-1 Long Island is a partnership between United Way of Long Island and Middle Country Public Library. The Call Center is staffed by trained information specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week who connect callers to critical resources such as shelter, food or utilities, as well as non-emergency services including job training, counseling, and education. Call Center services are offered in more than 200 languages and 2-1-1’s searchable online database at www.211LongIsland.org includes detailed information on nearly 10,000 nonprofit and governmental programs. 
“The 2-1-1 Call Center answered 2,150 calls for help in my district alone, providing critical referrals to my constituents who were in need,” said Senator Boyle. “I support this program not only because it helps the families in my district, but because it is a much-needed resource for all Long Islanders.” 
“United Way is grateful to have had the opportunity to meet with Senator Boyle, discuss the importance of 2-1-1 and present him with a certificate of appreciation,” said Elizabeth Eberhardt, United Way of Long Island assistant vice president of community outreach and 2-1-1 Long Island coordinator. “It’s clear he understands the immense benefit this service has for the families in his district and we look forward to future conversations on how we can continue to collaborate.” 
“There are thousands of health and human services available to Long Islanders, but so many people don’t know where to start when looking to find the help they need for their specific issues,” said Theresa A. Regnante, President and CEO of United Way of Long Island. “Extending the 2-1-1 Long Island Call Center hours to 24/7 is a tremendous step forward toward assisting any Long Islander who is searching for a program that could possibly change their life for the better.” 
In 2017, the 2-1-1 Call Center received 11,129 calls, in addition to nearly 275,000 visits to 211LongIsland.org. 
For assistance or for more information call 2-1-1 (888-774-7633) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit www.211LongIsland.org. 
About United Way of Long Island 
United Way of Long Island advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, financial stability and health. We recruit people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change.  United Way of Long Island is part of a worldwide network spanning across 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. For more information about United Way of Long Island, please visit www.UnitedWayLI.org, Facebook or Twitter.

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