When I called 2-1-1 because someone told me they could help with nutrition, I never expected to get fresh food. They sent me to a food pantry where I got 3 onions, 4 potatoes, 4 bananas, orange, brown rice, black beans, 3 artichokes, raspberries, packaged lettuce for salad, carrots, purple cabbage, and chicken breast. I called 2-1-1 again right away and asked if I could go back to the pantry again and they told me I could go every week if I needed food. I would never have found about this if it weren’t for the people at 2-1-1!
2-1-1 California is the statewide network of local 2-1-1 information and referral providers, and is a collaboration of United Ways of California and the California Alliance of Information and Referral Services (CAIRS).
The mission of 2-1-1 California is to ensure that California develops the statewide infrastructure and support necessary to ensure quality 2-1-1 services for everyone.
Use “Find your Local 2-1-1” above to get phone numbers, websites, and other information for service agencies in your area. Not all areas have a local 2-1-1 service provider.
Latest News on Fire in Northern California
Valley Fire: Lake County (Northern California) (9-14-15 2:30pm)
Governor Brown has declared a state of emergency in the fire areas.
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Officials from government & nonprofit organizations (including OES, Red Cross, Salvation Army) have requested the following;
- DO NOT SEND MATERIAL DONATIONS (eg, food, clothing) INTO THE FIRE AREAS. They are inundated with material donations.
- DO NOT SELF DEPLOY AS A VOLUNTEER into the area.
- DO SEND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE to: Lake County Wildfire Relief Fund. Go to www.lakecountylac.com for additional information.
- Red Cross and Salvation Army (and indicate “Valley Fire Victims” on check memo line)
2-1-1 California Names New Executive Director
Please join us in welcoming Rachelle Arizmendi as the new Executive Director of 2-1-1 California.
Rachelle was selected by the 2-1-1 California Board of Directors through a competitive search process led by Larry Olmstead, Board Chair, after the scheduled departure of Lilian Coral in early June. Previously, Rachelle directed a large early childhood enrichment program at Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE) in Los Angeles.
February 11 Marks Annual Celebration of 2-1-1. Get Connected! Get Answers!
February 11, 2014
February 11 is national 2-1-1 Day, in recognition of the free, user-friendly phone and online system that serves 90% of America's population, and connects some 16 million people a year to critical resources, information and services.
In California, 1.4 million callers turn annually to 2-1-1 for help, and 2-1-1 also responds to over one million Web queries from people seeking resources. People call or search 2-1-1 looking for resources to meet basic needs, like heating or utility assistance, shelter, emergency help, or to find the closest food bank. They also called for everyday important non-emergency needs, such as developmental screening for a child, home health care for a relative, job training or free tax filing support.
First Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System
November 9, 2011
2-1-1 California announced today that on November 9 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern standard time, the Federal government conducted the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The test lasted up to three and a half minutes. During this period, regularly scheduled television, radio, cable, and satellite shows was interrupted as the system was being tested. 2-1-1 California would like to ensure that 2-1-1 information and referral providers in California and the larger public were aware that this event was just a test, and not a real emergency alert.
In the event of an actual emergency, 2-1-1 systems throughout the State will be used to distribute critical information to the public, helping to ensure Californians know what steps to take in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency to safeguard themselves and their loved ones.