2-1-1 is the free, user-friendly phone number that serves 90% of America's population, and connects some 16 million people a year to critical resources, information and services.
In New Jersey, more than 210,000 people turned to 2-1-1 for help in 2013. People called to find information for meeting basic needs, like heating or utility assistance, emergency help, or to find the closest food bank. But they also called for everyday information, to find out where to take their child for developmental screening, or how to locate job training or to find free tax filing support. NJ residents can also visit www.nj211.org to “self-serve,” whether to read about how to find help for specific problems or to search the database of over 14,000 programs and services.
We will discuss the 2-1-1 service with Laura Zink Marx, Executive Director, NJ 2-1-1 Partnership.