COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Did you know you can call 211 and speak to a certified specialist about community resources? Wednesday Feb. 11 marks 211 Day in the Chattahoochee Valley.
News Leader 9's Jenyne Donaldson was live from United Way where she spoke to a representative about the service.
Recently both Columbus and Phenix City made proclamations naming Wednesday 211 day, which is very helpful to residents needing community services.
The numbers 211 are meant to be easy to remember and a flash to dial just like 911 for emergencies and 311 for city services.
In January there was a spike in emergency shelter and heating requests because of freezing temperatures. More than 80 referrals were made for shelter and nearly 500 were made for heating assistance. In total, there were nearly 1,400 calls made and the top requests were for utilities, food and rent and mortgage services.
The program serves seven counties in Georgia including Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Stewart, Talbot and Taylor as well as Russell County.
If you're calling from a pre-paid cell phone you can contact them at (706) 405-4775.