June 12, 2013
Common Staff Writer
On Monday the United Way of Scioto and Adams Counties officially launched 211 services in Scioto County.
According to Mary Ann Miars-Peercy. Executive Director of the United Way of Scioto and Adams Counties, 211 is meant to be a resource to residents.
“This (211) is a way for the people of Scioto County to stay in touch with what’s going on and also to ask for help,” Miars-Peercy said. “If you need help with your rent, need a food pantry or if you are looking to volunteer somewhere. You’ll be able to call 211 and they will be able to provide you with information for the services you are seeking.”
According to 211us.org, “2-1-1 connects people with important community services and volunteer opportunities. In 2010, 2-1-1 services in the United States answered more than 16.4 million calls.”
Miars-Peercy said the staff and volunteers with the United Way have spent the last year building a database of social service agencies within Scioto County and the services they provide that being used by 2-1-1.
When asked why this service was brought to Scioto County, “I believe Scioto County will benefit from this. We also have all of the same information through a website (www.referweb.net/uwsa) and we have built the data base so, it will stay active and will be updated daily,” Miars-Peercy said.
Nick Roman, Director, 2-1-1 and Special Projects for the Ohio United Way said once people start calling 211 they will be able to identify what the needs of the area are. “At the same time we will know what the unmet needs are in the county. That will give the people in this building (courthouse) an idea of what they need to do and what services are lacking. Those reports are going to be invaluable to Scioto County.”
Roman said Scioto County is the 58 county in Ohio that has 211 services available.
“Within the next week we will have 60 counties on board. We still have a little bit of work to do but, Scioto County is one of the more populous counties and we’re really happy to bring this to the people of Scioto County,” Roman said.
For more information about the United Way of Scioto County visit their office at 1671 Grant St., in Portsmouth, or call 740-353-5121, or visit www.uwsciotocounty.org.
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