Everyone knows to dial 911 for emergencies and 411 for directory assistance. By dialing 211, you can find information and referrals on everything from crisis intervention and counseling to job training, education programs, and child or adult day care; the list goes on.
About 46% of the U.S. population has access to the free 2-1-1 service in parts or all of 32 states. If your city or state does not provide 2-1-1 services, contact your congressional representative / local elected officials to tell them you want it.
For more information, United Way of America can be contacted at (888) 727-7211 or www.211.org.