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Greater Columbia Accountable Communities of Health Partners with Washington 211 to improve the way Washington Residents find services

June 9, 2021

Washington 211 partnered with the Greater Columbia Accountable Communities of Health, in early 2020, on a project to improve the way Washington Residents search for health and human services on our website.The Greater Columbia ACH’s mission is to advance the health of our population by decreasing health disparities, improving efficiency of health care delivery, and…

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WA211 and Our Supporters are Ensuring We All Come Out of COVID in Good Shape

May 24, 2021

“It was a tiny thing that I could do for this person who desperately needed some humanity,” Hannah said. “I just wanted to thank you for hiring me because I’m really proud of what we do; and I feel he’s thanking all of us. Some days are really good days .” Recently Hannah, a Specialist with…

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AmazonSmile: How to Donate to WA 211

May 19, 2021

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select “Washington Information Network 2-1-1” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They’ll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us. How it works:1. Open…

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Helpful Tips for Successful Searching

May 18, 2021

The more detail in the search term, the more relevant and concise the results will be.Ex: Search term “food” for zipcode 98901 returns 162 results. Search term “food pantries” in the same zipcode returns 35 results. 2. When typing a search term, a drop down list appears under the term. For more relevant and concise…

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WA211 is Helping To Ensure Equitable Access to COVID Vaccine

March 13, 2021

Barely two months into 2021 and it’s looking like another record breaking year for Washington 211 as our focus shifts from helping people understand how to be safe in the time of COVID to helping them find, schedule and receive the vaccine. In 2020, call volume leaped by 70 percent over 2019 with 477,000 callers entering the…

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First Virtual Legislative Session in Full Swing

January 29, 2021

Happy 2021! A new year that offers opportunities and new challenges for Washington 211 as evidenced by our nearly exponential call volume growth this month as vaccinations availability increases. Last week, our system received over 13,500 calls which was more than double the week before and nearly four times the volume of the first full week in January. In…

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COVID-19 Spurs Innovation and Adaptation

October 26, 2020

Washington 211 Calls Continue to Run Ahead of Last Year’s PaceEven as COVID-related calls drop from a high of over 24,000 in March to just over 4,600 in September, Washington 211 call handling continues to run significantly ahead of last year. Washington 211 handled nearly 31,500 calls in September, representing a 68 percent increase in…

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Annual Report Shows 90% Increase in Calls People in Distress Turning to WA211

September 16, 2020

Latest Annual Report Lays Out What’s Been Happening With 2-1-1The story of how the 2-1-1 statewide system has been able to handle a 90 percent increase in calls, resulting mostly because of the pandemic, begins with planning and work done prior to the crisis. It’s been such a busy year that this year’s WA211 annual report covers…

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Hundreds of Services Added to the 211 Database

June 30, 2020

Handled Calls in May Up Significantly from Last YearWashington 211 centers handled 80 percent more calls in May of this year than the same month last year. Nearly 30,000 callers had their questions answered and/or were referred to services last month compared to 16,432 during May 2019. Even when COVID hotline calls are removed, the…

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Twitter Rally Generated Tweets to Congress in Support of $150 Million

May 27, 2020

Twitter Rally and Storm Focuses on COVID FundingUnited Way Worldwide and the 211 Network collaborated on a Twitter Rally (Chat) using the hashtag #Team211 on Wednesday to generate tweets to Congress in support of $150 million request in the next Congressional relief package. 211 centers all over the country participated, sharing stories of collaboration, call…

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