“Cameron Memorial Community Hospital Supports 2-1-1 Initiative”
Angola, Ind. – The Steuben County United Way is very pleased to announce support from Cameron Memorial Community Hospital for the 2-1-1, 24-hour information and referral assistance line. “2-1-1 is a very important resource for Steuben County,” said Bobbi Grill, Steuben County United Way Executive Director. “We are very excited to receive support from Cameron Hospital so that this resource can continue to assist members of our community.”
211 is a FREE, confidential, 24-hour information and referral assistance for: Housing, Shelter, Food, Legal Aid, Clothing, Education, Counseling, Utility Assistance, Health Care, Transportation, and Volunteer Opportunities. 211 is an easy to remember number that helps connect individuals and families to community based organizations. Today, 211 reaches approximately 86.6 percent of the U.S. population, covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
“Cameron Hospital is working to identify strategic partnerships in our community through which we can directly impact individuals in all areas of wellness,” said Connie McCahill, Chief Operating Officer of Cameron Hospital. “When we completed our Community Health Needs Assessment in 2013, one thing that was identified as a need was aclearinghouse of sorts where individuals could go for help. 2-1-1 is just that resource. We are very pleased to lend our support in hopes that further awareness of the service will continue to better our community.”
In 2014, over 47,000 calls were received from residents of Northeast Indiana. Since 2004 (the first full year of 2-1-1 service), calls requesting health and human services have grown a tremendous 119%. Most of the calls are related to basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance for rent and utilities.
For more information about the 2-1-1 initiative or to make a donation to the Steuben County United Way, please call the United Way at 260-665-6196.