United Way officially launches Alaska 211

Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2008

JUNEAU - The United Way of Southeast Alaska joined with other United Way agencies across Alaska to create Alaska 211, a health and social services help line that enables Alaskans statewide to get help easily and reliably.

"Just as you call 911 for an emergency or 411 for information, Alaskans can now call 211 when they need help finding health and social services," said Michele Brown, president of United Way of Anchorage who is hosting the program.

Most Alaskans can access the Alaska 211 call center by dialing 211, many even from their cell phones. All Alaskans, no matter where they reside, can connect by dialing 800-478-2221. The call center is staffed with trained specialists who assess each caller's needs and refer them to the right resources in their area.

Alaska 211 phone service is available 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Alaska 211's comprehensive database also is accessible online at www.alaska211.org.

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