“The mission of Wiregrass 2-1-1 is to collaborate, inform, and connect the Wiregrass to build a stronger community.”
It is day two of our Outreach Weeks, and we are so excited to share with you a non-profit agency that not too many people may be familiar with. Today, we are shining a light on the Wiregrass 2-1-1.
About Wiregrass 2-1-1
The Wiregrass 2-1-1 has two goals. The two goals are this: to provide streamline access to resources needed by local residents through referral services, and to keep residents of the Wiregrass informed in times of crisis or disaster to get help or give help. Here is a look at how one can get help or give help:
- Get Help (“One call can mean access to many solutions”): Dialing 2-1-1 connects you to a trained operator 24/7 that has access to a comprehensive database with a multitude of services in your community. By its design, the 2-1-1 system is ideally suited for serving as the single entry point for any variety of programs and for being the single contact point for information. 2-1-1 serves families from all walks of life, but most importantly benefits our most vulnerable populations such as the elderly, people with disabilities, and low-income by providing advocacy and making access to services easier. 2-1-1 is the only comprehensive information and referral system in the Wiregrass. In addition, the 2-1-1 phone line complements emergency lines by taking non-emergency calls, thus freeing emergency workers to handle real threats to life and property.
- Give Help (“The result is a strong Wiregrass community”): Wiregrass 2-1-1 will connect you with opportunities to help in seven counties in Southeast Alabama. By partnering with more than 870 agencies, you can help by providing donations of furniture, clothes, food, — to name a few of the items. Volunteers are also needed in your local community. Wiregrass 2-1-1 connects you with agencies that need your help to improve the quality of life for all, resulting in a stronger Wiregrass community.
When did the Wiregrass 2-1-1 begin? It started in July 2008 with volunteer operators as a result of a partnership between Wiregrass United Way, the Wiregrass Foundation, and the Alfred Saliba Family Services Center. Currently, the Wiregrass 2-1-1 is a stand-alone, 501(C)(3) nonprofit agency with two full-time employees and volunteer operators. This non-profit organization is fantastic and does a wonderful job at bringing our community together.
How You Can Get Involved
There are a few different ways that you can give. One way is by joining the 2-1-1 club and the other is by making a donation of your choice. You can learn more about both of these opportunities on their website. In addition to both of these options, you can also mail donations to the Wiregrass 2-1-1. Their address is 545 West Main Street, Suite 313, Dothan, AL 36301.
To access information about things happening in our state, you can visit the Wiregrass 2-1-1 database. This is an Online Resource Directory that is current. It is a great resource to use when you are looking for something specific in our state. If you want to get in touch with this non-profit or find out about things going on in our community, you can simply dial 2-1-1 or call/text 888-421-1266. Visit their website here.
We are so incredibly thankful for this wonderful organization and all they do to bring our community together.