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United Way Expands Their Efforts with New Phone Number

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 198

United Way LogoA new non-emergency telephone number is coming to Knox County.

The United Way of Knox County is launching the 211 program–a phone number connecting those in need to a number of social service organizations around Knox County.

United Way Executive Director Ann Tucker says one of the advantages of 211 is that callers will speak with a live person, not a recording.

But, she tells the WGIL Morning News the only way 211 will help people is if social service organizations support the effort.

“We’re really hoping we have a good showing of the non-profit agencies, health and human services, like I said: government, city, educational institutions,” says Tucker. “Anyone that offers services to those in need in our community.”

Tomorrow, the United Way is hosting a town hall meeting on 211 starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg.