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Senator Kevin Thomas and Staff Join United Way of Long Island to Recognize 2-1-1 Long Island 

Senator Kevin Thomas and Staff Join 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, Chief of Staff Donna Nogid and District Office Director Mark Kennedy, for Senator Kevin Thomas, 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 support 2-1-1 Long Island because it provides an array of resources that support my constituents’ needs. Emergency food programs, counseling and mental health assistance are only a few of the resources available. I encourage all residents to dial 2-1-1 if they are seeking services,” stated Senator Thomas.
 
“United Way of Long Island is grateful to have had the opportunity to meet with Ms. Nogid and Mr. Kennedy 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 Senator Thomas’ 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 (center), United Way of Long Island 2-1-1 Long Island Director, stands with Donna Nogid, Chief of Staff (left) and Mark Kennedy, District Office Director (right) for New York State Senato