Dial 2-1-1 hotline to connect to local services when in need

Feb. 11 is National 211 Day

United Way of Cullman County

CULLMAN, Ala. – Everyone knows to call 9-1-1 in an emergency, but do you know about 2-1-1? It’s a hotline number and partner program of United Way of Cullman County that links callers to basic human needs like food, clothing and shelter.  It can also help with physical and mental health needs including support groups, drug and alcohol intervention, victim services and rehabilitation.  The 211 hotline also provides information on support for senior citizens, children and families.  During a disaster or crisis, 211 can link callers to emergency shelters, food distribution centers and state and federal assistance, as well as volunteer opportunities.

“If you need help paying a utilities bill, finding housing, buying food, accessing job training, navigating veterans’ services or dealing with an emergency or crisis, you can dial 2-1-1 today to speak to one of our specialists,” said United Way of Cullman County Executive Director Becky Goff. “We’ll make sure you’ve got a plan, and put you in touch with the right resources.”

The  211 hotline is a free, confidential information and referral service available 24/7. You can also connect online at www.211connectsalabama.org or text “HELP” to 888-421-1266.

“We want people to know that if you are struggling or have questions, there is hope, and that they can get connected to programs that will work to help them solve problems and link them to community resources,” Goff said.