United Way Releases Data for 211 Day

United Way Blackhawk Region has funded 211 since 2012 with grant support from Rock County Human Services.
United Way Blackhawk Region 211 logo

(BLACKHAWK REGION) – United Way Blackhawk Region recognizes February 11th as 211 Day – an annual observance celebrating the 24/7, three-digit (2-1-1) resource that helps millions of people in the U.S. and Canada – including those in the Blackhawk Region – be connected to information about local resources and services.

Last year, 211 provided 7,310 referrals to people seeking immediate services or help for long-term challenges in Rock County. Cities with the most calls or queries to 211 were Janesville, Beloit, Edgerton, Milton, and Evansville. Of the data collected from 2023, top referrals in Rock County were related to housing and shelter, behavioral health and substance abuse, utilities, food, and transportation. Compared to 2022, numbers show an increase in mental health and addiction referrals.

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Established in 2000 by the Federal Communications Commission as the three-digit number to reach information and referral services for health, human, and social organizations, today 211 is a resource for help and hope in communities, across North America. Last year, the 211-network received 18 million requests and made a total of 19 million referrals for local services.

Locally, United Way Blackhawk Region has funded 211 since 2012 with grant support from Rock County Human Services. 211 is utilized by residents who need assistance with disasters, food, health care, mental health, stable housing, utilities, veteran services, childcare and other related needs.

“211 helps people, improves lives, and strengthens communities,” said Mary Fanning-Penny, President & CEO of United Way Blackhawk Region. “We encourage folks to share 211 widely so more people become aware of this vital resource. If you or someone you know needs help, you can call or text 211, or download the new 211 Wisconsin App.”

During 211 Day and beyond, United Way Blackhawk Region encourages social service providers to also call 211 to ensure information pertaining to their programming is up to date.

For more information about United Way’s 211, visit LiveUnitedBR.org/call-211 or access this QR code:

211 QR code

About the 211 Wisconsin App

The new 211 Wisconsin App makes it even easier to access the resources you need, right from your mobile device. Browse services anonymously or register to bookmark a list of community resources you may frequently use. No matter how you choose to use it, the 211 App provides 24/7 help to every person in our community. Download it today on Google Play or on the App store.

About 211

211 is free, accessible 24/7, completely confidential and available in more than 180 languages. Get expert, caring help with food, health care, housing and utilities payment assistance, employment services, veteran services, childcare, crisis and emergency counseling, disaster assistance, and more. Call 211 from your cell phone or landline anywhere in Wisconsin. If you cannot reach 211, you may also call 877-947-2211 or text your zip code to 898211. Standard message rates and data rates may apply.

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