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If you need any materials to promote the 2-1-1 helpline in your district, please contact either Shannon Cobb, or Beth Mand, Here are a few resources:

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2-1-1 Sample Email Text

Police and fire departments are there for emergencies, but who can you call for the day-to-day problems in your life? United Way’s 2-1-1 is a free, confidential, multilingual information and referral helpline open 365 days a year, 9am-7pm.

United Way's 2-1-1 Call specialists can give you information about things such as:

• Food assistance
• Housing assistance and shelters
• Abuse prevention • Elder care
• Mental health services
• Recycling regulations
• Services for people with disabilities
• How to become a foster parent
• Where to get medical help and more

Dial 2-1-1 from any phone in the Hudson Valley to talk to someone who can help.

2-1-1 Promotion Ideas

You know your community best but here are a few ideas to get you started:

• Post about areas of 2-1-1 assistance on social media
• Put 2-1-1 bumper stickers on municipal vehicles
• Place a 2-1-1 banner or poster in a public area
• Make sure 2-1-1 is included in every storm and disaster preparation and recovery announcement
• Mention the 2-1-1 helpline in presentations
• Program a message into electronic message boards
• Show the 2-1-1 video
• Invite 2-1-1 staff to speak on a cable or radio show you host
• Connect United Way’s 2-1-1 staff to key leaders who can sponsor an hour or day

Social Media Video Instructions

1.) Download and print 2-1-1 pledge card
2.) On camera say something like:
   a. “I took the 2-1-1 pledge so that every resident in [city] has a place to turn when they
        need help. Just dial 2-1-1 from anyphone when you need help”
   b. “I believe that every resident of [city] needs a place to turn when in crisis. That is why
        [city] is partnering with United Way’s 2-1-1 to make sure everyone gets help.
        Dial 2-1-1 if you need help”
3.) Challenge two other community leaders “I challenge [city]
      mayor _____ and [city] mayor _____ to take the 2-1-1 challenge. Make sure to tag
      them in your post and use the hashtag #UW211
4.) If the people you challenged, also take the pledge, make sure to thank them on
      social media.

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  • twitter
  • facebook
  • linkedin