11-R052

2011 -- S 0261

Enacted 02/10/11

 

 

S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N

COMMEMORATING "UNITED WAY 2-1-1 IN RHODE ISLAND" DAY ON

FEBRUARY 11TH, 2011

     

     

     Introduced By: Senator Juan M. Pichardo

     Date Introduced: February 10, 2011

 

 

 

     WHEREAS, By dialing 2-1-1, people from Rhode Island to California can access free

and confidential social services offered by health and human services providers, government

agencies, and community-based organizations. This informational and referral line is available in

175 languages and dialects, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the year; and  

     WHEREAS, United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island information referral specialists have

access to thousands of agencies and organizations, enabling them to help everyone get access to

resources available in their community; and  

     WHEREAS, In 2010, 152,000 calls were received by 2-1-1, an increase of 39,000 calls

from 2009 and representing a dramatic uptick in the number of inquiries from Rhode Islanders

seeking assistance with rental or mortgage payments, utility payments, and assistance related to a

job loss; and  

     WHEREAS, United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island also plays a critical communications role

during natural disasters or other state crises evidenced by the 38,000 calls received as a result of

the March 2010 flood; 33,000 of those calls were received in 30 days; and  

     WHEREAS, The community as a whole benefits from United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island

because this assistance helps people connect with the information they need, when they need it

most. United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island increases efficiency by helping callers clearly define

their needs and connecting them to the best places to seek help; and  

     WHEREAS, Now, more than ever, it is critically important that Rhode Islanders realize

there is help and United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island can be their guide; now, therefore be it  

     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

hereby declares February 11th of 2011 to be United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island Day; and be it

further 

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the United Way of Rhode Island.

     

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