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PA 2-1-1 Day!

On Monday, February 5th we celebrated 2-1-1 Day alongside Representative Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) and Senator Patrick Browne (R-Lehigh)! 

2-1-1 is the free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral service that connects 97 percent of Pennsylvanians with all the health and human services available to help.  In 2017, almost 200,000 people turned to 2-1-1 in Pennsylvania for help. The top needs of contacts with 2-1-1 were electric assistance, tax preparation assistance, rent payment assistance, food pantry assistance, and gas service payment assistance.  United Way of Pennsylvania secured a first-time investment of $750,000 from the state to ensure quality standards across the state and help expand the 2-1-1 service so that all 67 counties can provide this service.  

PA 2-1-1 is also working alongside the Eastern Region Continuum of Care to create Connect to Home: Coordinated Entry System of Eastern PA. 2-1-1 is serving as the 24/7 phone access point for people who are homeless or at immediate risk of homelessness. Coordinated entry is a strategy to connect people to the right services as quickly as possible, prioritize based on need and vulnerability, help a community know all who are experiencing homelessness, and enhance data-driven decision making for planning, resource allocation and performance evaluation. 

2-1-1 performs a prescreen, followed by a comprehensive, standardized assessment for eligible individuals who qualify. The results of the assessment will determine prioritization of needs, and referrals will be made through the community queue for the entire region. 

The 2-1-1 system is funded by a combination of United Way support, state funding, grants and private contributions, and contracts. Leadership for the system is provided at the national level by United Way Worldwide and the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) in partnership with their state and local networks. In Pennsylvania, the United Way of Pennsylvania and the non-profit, PA2-1-1, are partners supporting this community-strengthening service. 

For more information on 2-1-1 in Pennsylvania visit

To view the 2-1-1 Press Conference at the Capitol with Senator Browne and Representative Bloom, click here .

Take Action!
Help us take action for PA 2-1-1! Use our  Take Action! platform through the United Way of Pennsylvania website to encourage legislators to support continued funding for 2-1-1. This link is available to anyone, so please pass it on to your friends, family and co-workers, and encourage them to take action to support a 24/7 helpline for Pennsylvanians in need!

Check out PA 2-1-1: The non-stop shop for health and human services

This easy to remember number, 2-1-1, is like 4-1-1, but for health, human services, and disaster relief. Reachable by call, text, and chat, 2-1-1 is designed to...
  • Connect people in need to health and human service assistance available through government programs and private nonprofit organizations in their communities
  • Provide assistance to communities in time of disaster, allowing 9-1-1 to work primarily with first responders
  • Connect volunteers and donors with organizations who can leverage these resources to meet the needs of the community

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UWP Annual Statewide Conference 
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Check Out What Your Local United Way has Going On
United Way of Pennsylvania (UWP) is a state association representing our 48 member United Ways and United Funds across the Commonwealth. 

UWP's mission is to assist and champion the efforts of local United Ways in advancing the common good

Primarily UWP's work consists of government relations work on the policy issues affecting PA's communities in the areas of health, education, and financial stability.  In addition, UWP works with our local United Way members to support their efforts and offer support to their mission.  

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