Stories tagged with: 2-1-1 Call Center

December 10, 2012 - 4:21pm
1 year 30 weeks ago

Teens in need in Muskingum, Perry and Morgan Counties tend to be an age group overlooked by charities and organizations during the holiday season.

The United Way's 2-1-1 Call Center has identified an unmet need of children 13 and over. The center has a list of children who need help for Christmas.

Audrey Foster, the 2-1-1 Call Center Manager explained,  "Those kids who are 13 years and older are on that list.  Also some folk who may have missed the sign up for...

September 18, 2012 - 5:52pm
1 year 42 weeks ago

2-1-1 continues to help southeast Ohio.

The numbers are in for the month of August and the volume of calls to the help-line keep increasing. Almost 1,600 calls were received last month. The 24/7 service focuses on getting callers in Muskingum, Perry and Morgan counties the help they need, when they need it. 

"It's much easier and much smarter now-a-days with the gas prices to give us a call and then we can direct you to the place that would either have funding or be the...

July 11, 2012 - 5:05pm
2 years 1 day ago

The Southeast Ohio 2-1-1 Call Center saw a spike in calls as a result of the severe storms that moved through the area nearly two weeks ago.

In just one day, the center fielded over 220 calls, nearly quadrupling their normal daily call volume.

Center Manager Audrey Foster said the calls keep coming in.

"A lot of people needing a lot of services, and you know there are things available out there even to help with food, because we've had a lot of food calls," said...

June 12, 2012 - 4:25pm
2 years 4 weeks ago

The Southeast Ohio 2-1-1 call center saw an increase in calls during the month of May.

Manager Audrey Foster said the increase in calls coincides with the summer season.

Food still remains the top priority for those who call 2-1-1 and foster said during the summer, those supplies for some come up short.

"We had almost 370 people call in needing food assistance, either updating their pantry, or maybe need a pantry because of just running out of food that month or...

April 16, 2012 - 4:45pm
2 years 12 weeks ago

With tax day on Tuesday, the Southeast Ohio 2-1-1 Call Center is just about finished fielding tax prep calls.

The United Way provided free tax counseling services to eligible individuals and families from January through March.  Call Center Manager Audrey Foster said the clinics helped hundreds of people receive the maximum refund, and she shared some last-minute advice for those who haven't filed their paperwork yet.

"Probably the best thing we would tell them is to go...

February 8, 2012 - 6:22pm
2 years 22 weeks ago

The Southeast Ohio 2-1-1 call center has seen an increase in phone calls over the last month.

January saw over 400 more calls from the previous month from Muskingum county alone.

Call center manager Audrey Foster said a third of the total number of calls were for financial counseling and tax preparation.

"One of the things I'd like to stress for the tax calls is that they call just during office hours between 8 o'clock in the morning and 4:30 p.m.," said Foster....

November 11, 2011 - 7:08pm
2 years 34 weeks ago

The Southeast Ohio 2-1-1 Call Center is preparing for a high volume of calls as the holiday season approaches.

Call Center Manager Audrey Foster said more than 28,000 calls have been answered since July 2009.  She said emergency food assistance has been the top priority.

"Even though people are getting assistance, they seem to be running out at the end of the month, and we're also finding out that a lot of folks are signing up to the pantry for the first time,"...

September 14, 2011 - 4:43pm
2 years 43 weeks ago

More Americans are living in poverty, and people in Muskingum County are experiencing tough times.

New census data shows that just over 15% of Americans fell below the poverty line in 2010 - the highest rate in 18 years.  2-1-1 call center manager Audrey Foster said the service has answered more than 1,300 phone calls each month since June.

"People just need someone to talk to," said Foster.  "We can help them through that whole thinking process of...

August 24, 2011 - 3:05pm
2 years 46 weeks ago

The 2-1-1 Call Center is thanking the community for helping elderly and disabled residents cool off this summer.

Manager Audrey Foster said 117 fans were donated by people in Zanesville.  She said the AK Steel corporate office also donated $1000, which paid for an additional 25 fans and 4 air conditioners.

"We did have a lot of calls for fans and air conditioners from folks with medical conditions," said Foster.

Foster said people suffering from...

August 1, 2011 - 4:20pm
2 years 49 weeks ago

Recent heat advisories have many seeking relief - only to find a shortage of fans.

Last week the South East Ohio 2-1-1 Call Center of Muskingum, Perry and Morgan Counties received more than 40 phone calls of people asking where they could find a box fan as a relief from the heat. Salvation Army Office Assistant Mindy McCloy said both Community Action and the Salvation Army ran out of fans.

"We had one lady who came in and even the ventilation in her apartment was very...

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