A safe, affordable home, food, medical care, someone to call when you need help—things many of us (myself included) take for granted—are just out of reach for thousands of Rhode Islanders. And that number is growing, from Bristol County to Washington County. You don’t just have to take my word for it, though.
United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island has the data to prove it. 2-1-1 is the helpline of Rhode Island, providing assistance for food, heating or housing assistance, child or elder care services, mental health issues or a gambling problem. Because they talk directly to Rhode Islanders in need, 2-1-1 has the pulse of what the state needs most.
Today, February 11, is National 2-1-1 Day. In honor of these three numbers that make such a huge difference, United Way of Rhode Island is releasing its annual data report. The numbers speak for themselves.
In 2015, 2-1-1 has a total of 203,527 calls asking for help (In 2008, there were only 79,734 total calls):
- 117,334 food requests
- 60, 798 housing assistance requests
- 79,195 healthcare requests
Rhode Islanders need help. And, now, we can pinpoint in what areas they need it most.
Read the full 2-1-1 report to see more side-by-side, year-to-year comparisons, and then come back to our site. Look around. Click a button or two or three, and see where it takes you.
Join us. Because we can’t do it alone.
WRITTEN BY: Dena Pruett, Project Manager – Digital Media Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org