United Way 211 Call Center

by Brittany Harris on December 8, 2010 at 5:49 am

Some local residents are in need this holiday season and one organization is hoping to help.

United Way 211 Call Center of Muskingum, Morgan and Perry Counties received more than 1,000 calls for the month of November. Manager Audrey Foster said they are working to continue informing the public about the free 24/7 service.

"We’re trying to be as involved as we can with some of the agencies and those organizations in each of those counties, so we go to meetings there and pass out information about the 211 call center," said Foster.

The top three needs for November were food, meals and personal items along with information services and utility and income assistance. Foster said there is currently only one active emergency shelter in the community, but she’d like to see more.

"I know the Salvation Army gets full and I know they do all they can to try to meet that need, but I think that is one need that maybe the community could take a look at to see if there is another way to provide another shelter." she said.

This year 211 has 88 families and 196 children on its Christmas needs list. So far, 45 children have been helped by local agencies and individuals.

For more information on how you can help call 2-1-1.