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Lawrence County 2-1-1 kickoff scheduled for Tuesday


SOUTH POINT — Lawrence County will soon have a free service to help connect people with resources to meet their needs.

United Way of the River Cities will launch Lawrence County 2-1-1 at a kickoff event on Tuesday, at 1 p.m. at South Point High School’s multipurpose room.

2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects people with available community resources and volunteer opportunities. By simply dialing three digits, Lawrence County residents may make one call to find or give help.

“There isn’t any more wasted time trying to find the right resource,” said Laura Gilliam, executive director of United Way of the River Cities. “You will reach a trained, caring professional seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It’s efficient, fast and easy to use. And the call is free and confidential.

Lawrence County 2-1-1 will provide information pertaining to the following resources:

• Basic human services: food, clothing, shelter, rental assistance, utility assistance

• Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, Medicaid/Medicare, maternal health, children’s health, insurance

• Employment support services: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance, education programs

• Support for seniors and persons with disabilities: home health care, adult day care, meal services, respite care, transportation, homemaker services

• Programs for children, youth, families: childcare, after school programs, Head Start, recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring, protective services

• Volunteer opportunities and donations

• Support for community crisis or disaster recovery

Learn more at 211lawrence.org. Call 2-1-1 or toll-free at 855-740-4211. For more information, contact United Way of the River Cities at 740-532-2700 or 304-523-8929.