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!
Issues in the News
CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE BILL 1212 SIGNED INTO LAW
Statement by 211 LA County regarding the signing of SB 1212 by California Governor Jerry Brown
On behalf of 211 LA County, the 211 California Network and partner organizations throughout the state, we thank Senator Ben Hueso and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, the California Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown for their commitment to providing much needed telephone referral services in areas where they do not currently exist.
SB 1212 takes the next step in developing a statewide 211 disaster response network and closes the gap in 211 coverage to provide access for underserved populations in California that do not currently have 211 service. It clearly illustrates the importance of 211 information and referral services during times of emergency and makes eligible the 211 network for state funding. This bill lays the groundwork for statewide coordination and funding to ensure all residents of California can access this critical service regardless of the region from which they are calling.
"This investment sends a clear message of the importance of having statewide access to 2-1-1 services for supporting community resilience and recovery during times of disaster" said Maribel Marin, the Executive Director of 211 LA County and President of 211 California.
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Bay Area United Way wants people to call 211 for children's summer program info
Vallejo Times Herald
April 27, 2011
Times-Herald Staff Report
Parents and caregivers can call 211 for information about children's summer programs, including day camps, residential camps and therapeutic camps for those with disabilities or specific health conditions, United Way of the Bay Area officials announced.
The Information Age Goes Old School
Stanford Social Innovation Review
April 14, 2010
By Peter Manzo
“But it’s really an information ocean, not a highway. If you think of it as an ocean, then you have to consider the kind of tools that are used, who builds the boats, who designs them, and whether you’re surfing or diving. If you have a message in the bottle, how do you get the bottle to the people who need it?” Peter Gabriel, (New York Times, July 13, 1994 )
Many of us have come to expect uninterrupted access to the Internet everywhere. For too many of us, round-the-clock checking of email, Twitter and Facebook have become an unhealthy obsession, and increasingly, an intrusive expectation of employers and co-workers. For the connected, the challenge is now how to unplug, to avoid being overwhelmed by the fire hose. As Nicholas Carr recently observed, reflecting on what seems to be growing revulsion to this “Disconnection is the new counterculture.”