When we fully realize our vision, every individual in every community throughout Merced & Mariposa Counties will have access to information that can help them lead healthier, more secure, and more productive lives.
The Federal Communications Commission assigned the three-digit dialing code 2-1-1 for the exclusive purpose of providing widespread access to community information and referral services. Once described as “elegant in its simplicity,” 2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number linking callers in need to available health and human service programs. Currently, there are 2-1-1 systems operating in 46 states reaching roughly more than 240 million Americans or approximately 80% of the US population.
Locating basic resources such as food, shelter, employment, or health care may mean calling dozens of phone numbers, then struggling through a maze of agencies and services to make the right connections.
2-1-1 brings together organizations in the community to better serve the residents of Merced & Mariposa Counties. Key organizations representing different professionals, demographics, and causes are able to provide information to the 2-1-1 database to better serve their clients. 2-1-1 is a helpful starting point for a county with small fragmented rural communities that may not be as connected as bigger cities. Under a simple, easy to remember, three digit phone number, updated information is kept under national standards, the call is free and available 24/7, and the community also has a new tool in dealing with disasters in the area.
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