United Way Manitowoc County Celebrates 211 Day 2021

February 11, 2021
Manitowoc, Wisconsin (February 11, 2021) United Way Manitowoc County is joining forces with United Ways across the country in celebrating 211 Day on February 11 (2/11) to raise awareness about the vital services 211 provides nationwide.
 
United Way’s 211 is a critical resource leveraged by millions of Americans every year to get connect and get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – for free. Individuals can get or give help by dialing 211 from any phone or visiting 211now.org. No matter the situation, 211 provides expert caring help – listening to callers, identifying their underlying problems, and connecting people in need with local health and human services to improve their lives.
 
In 2020, there were 1,372 calls, texts and chats to 211 made by Manitowoc County residents. This is a 97% increase in 211 contacts from 2019, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over half of local callers sought assistance with health care and COVID-19 directly. Additional top needs included assistance finding housing and shelter, help locating resources for mental health and addictions, utility payment assistance and help accessing food resources.
 
This year United Way Manitowoc County is celebrating locally by hosting a 211 Day Lunch & Learn. The event will be held at noon on Thursday, February 11. During the lunch & learn, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about what 211 is and the impact it’s had in our community this past year. Anyone in the community can join this event free of charge either by tuning into Zoom or watching the live stream on United Way Manitowoc County’s Facebook page.
 
The community can also join in the 211 Day festivities by financially supporting 211. United Way Manitowoc County is encourage donors to give $21.10 or $211 to help reach a goal of $2,110 – over a quarter of the funding need to operate 211 locally in 2021. To make a gift to support this critical community resource, visit United Way Manitowoc County’s fundraising page on Facebook.
 
Statewide, Governor Tony Evers once again proclaimed February 11, 2021 as 211 Day.
 
United Way Manitowoc County: United Way Manitowoc County envisions a community where all people achieve their human potential through education, financial well-being, and healthy lives. We accomplish this through volunteer and resource development, partnership building, and advocacy. United Way Manitowoc County is part of United Way Worldwide, a network of more than 1,800 communities working together to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of people. For additional information, visit www.unitedwaymanitowoccounty.org or call (920) 682-8888.
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Contact:
Courtney Hansen, Community Engagement Manager
courtney@unitedwaymanitowoccounty.org, (920) 682-8888 ext. 107