ASHEVILLE – United Way’s 2-1-1 of WNC celebrates 10 years in the 2-1-1 call system this year with an open house from 1-3 p.m. Monday, May 2 at 2-1-1 of WNC at the Community Services Center at 50 South French Broad Avenue in Asheville. While United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County had provided community information and referral services through First Call For Help since the 1970’s, it wasn’t until the switch to the 2-1-1 call system that this critical service became firmly established in our community.
Adoption of the 2-1-1 call system allowed:
·All our residents need to remember are three numbers – 2-1-1 – to access information about community resources.
·2-1-1 of WNC’s online database is searchable by any individual or service provider.
·Trained and certified referral specialists are available by phone 24/7 and offer accessibility to speakers of all languages through a statewide, real-time translation service.
·We widened our range of services so that today 2-1-1 of WNC encompasses a four-county region of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties.
•United Way’s 2-1-1 of WNC is a free, 24/7 community service information line that links people with health and human services in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties. People can call 2-1-1’s confidential help line by dialing 2-1-1 or searching the online database at www.211wnc.org.
•2-1-1 is a community service of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and provided in partnership with local United Ways and county governments.