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Local United Way Receives Grant to Bring 2-1-1 Service to Washington County
Posted on: 02/07/2014
By  Mike Cullums
 
Gary Williams, president of United Way of Washington County, announced this afternoon the organization has received funding from Ohio United Way to bring 2-1-1 service to Washington County. The funds are made possible through a grant from CareSource Foundation.      
 
2-1-1 is the phone number set aside by the Federal Communications Commission for information and referrals about human services.
 
When 2-1-1 is launched this spring, Washington County residents who call the number will communicate with trained information and referral specialists for help with and contact information for various local services that provide basic needs, health care, job training, child care resources and volunteer opportunities, among other services.  
 
The CareSource grant will also help to add 2-1-1 to Belmont and Coshocton counties this year, as Ohio United Way has targeted southeast Ohio to expand service. Recent launches of 2-1-1 in Scioto, Carroll, Lawrence and Jefferson counties have increased coverage in Ohio to nearly 90 percent of the population.  
 
CareSource is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health plans, based in Dayton.  
 
United Way of Washington County has been improving the lives of Washington County residents since 1929. Donations received from local employers, employees and other residents improve the education, health and basic human needs of fellow residents.  

Local agencies benefitting from donations are: The Betsey Mills Club, Boy Scouts of America – Allohak Council, Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, Caring Connection, Cutler Community Center, Ely Chapman Education Foundation, EVE, Inc, Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, Marietta Bantam Baseball League, Marietta Family YMCA, Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home, O’Neill Senior Center, Parents & Friends of Hearing Impaired, The Right Path for Washington County, Salvation Army, Senior Nutrition Program by Washington-Morgan Community Action, Washington County Free Clinic, and Washington County Harvest of Hope.
 
For more information or to donate, visit washingtoncountyuw.net
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