Senator James Gaughran Joins United Way of Long Island to Recognize 2-1-1 Long Island
February 11 kicked off 2-1-1 Advocacy Week, a reminder that help is just a phone call away. To recognize 2-1-1 Advocacy Week, Senator James Gaughran met with representatives from 2-1-1 Long Island to discuss the importance of this free and confidential resource, available 24/7, that provides crucial information to Long Islanders in need of assistance.
The 2-1-1 Long Island Call Center is staffed by trained information specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week who connect callers to critical and available 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. 2-1-1 Long Island is a partnership between United Way of Long Island and Middle Country Public Library.
“I am grateful to United Way of Long Island for providing 2-1-1 Long Island services to my constituents, whether it is parents searching for youth recreation, adults searching for housing for their elderly parents, or veterans seeking career training. 2-1-1 Long Island connects the people in my district to the resources they need most,” stated Senator Gaughran.
“United Way is grateful to have had the opportunity to meet with Senator Gaughran to discuss the importance of 2-1-1 and ensure that this service continues to be a vital resource for Nassau and Suffolk County residents,” said Elizabeth Eberhardt, United Way of Long Island’s 2-1-1 Long Island Director. “We appreciate his understanding the immense benefit this service provides for the families in his district, and we look forward to future conversations on how we can continue to collaborate.”
In 2018, the 2-1-1 Call Center received 10,718 calls, in addition to nearly 313,000 visits to 211LongIsland.org.
For assistance in finding local resources, dial 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit www.211LongIsland.org.
Photo caption: Elizabeth Eberhardt (left), United Way of Long Island 2-1-1 Long Island Director, stands with Senator James Gaughran, 5th Senate District (center) and Theresa A. Regnante, United Way of Long Island President & CEO, (right) in support of 2-1-1 and Long Islanders in need.