July 15, 2013 - Selden, NY – Legislator Tom Muratore (R‐Ronkonkoma) wishes to inform Suffolk County residents about 2‐1‐1 Long Island, a partnership between Middle Country Public Library and United Way of Long Island. 2‐1‐1 is a free, non‐emergency information and referral service that connects Long Island residents to health and human services they may need on a daily basis or during a disaster. Available by telephone and online at www.211longisland.org since 2010, 2‐1‐1 Long Island has provided over 30,000 callers and over 500,000 web visitors with detailed information on over 10,000 community resources for help and assistance in a myriad of areas – from basic daily needs such as food, heat and shelter – to job training, financial services, child and/or elder care and more. During and since Hurricane Sandy, the 2‐1‐1 Long Island Call Center has played a critical role in connecting those in need to Disaster Case Managers, while the 2‐1‐1 Long Island Database provided a way for people to find food and shelter, volunteer opportunities and applications and deadlines for assistance programs related to the storm.
The 2‐1‐1 Long Island Call Center operates 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., seven days a week, and is reached by calling 2‐1‐1 or 1‐888‐774‐7633. Multi‐lingual services are available. Online, www.211longisland.org is available 24/7 wherever Internet‐ready computers are available, and is updated daily by Middle Country Public Library. The 2‐1‐1 Long Island Database, formerly known as the Community Resource Database of Long Island (CRDLI), has been managed and maintained by Middle Country Public Library for over 20 years.
“It is imperative that this vital resource be made known to all residents,” stated Legislator Muratore. “If we learned anything from Superstorm Sandy last Fall, it’s that communication is key to getting the assistance we need. Whether it be a natural disaster or non‐emergency need, 2‐1‐1 is an invaluable tool. I applaud the Middle Country Library and United Way for providing this service.”