Sonoma County’s 2-1-1 system, information and referral with a phone call, is one year old today! Happy birthday!
2-1-1- is also available online, but from within Sonoma County all you have to do is dial/punch those three numbers to reach a helpful human who can direct you to services, whether you need food, basic shelter, information about health coverage, income tax preparation assistance, counselling, or activities for your teenager. It’s available 24 hours a day.
211 came up just as the economy was tanking, so it’s no surprise that the majority of their calls in 2009 were for what we call “basic needs:” food, utilities, shelter, and medical needs.
The economy teeter-tottered on the cliff-edge of full-out depression, and we managed to rock it back, but it’s not completely all-four-wheels on the road yet. One of the best ways to get cash into the hands of every day working people is to help them apply for their tax returns, especially people who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. 211 is the contact number for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Maybe you’re doing fine, and you want to help or give back. Contact the Sonoma County Volunteer Center and click on Human Services Information and Referral, or call (707)573-3399.