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Need help? Want to help? Dial 2-1-1.

2-1-1 is the telephone number that connects you to health and human services in the community.

Need help finding rent assistance, job training, volunteer opportunities, food, shelter, or support groups? These are just some of the hundreds of social services 2-1-1 can help you access. Want to volunteer or give items? 2-1-1 has the answer.

Whether you are looking to find help or give it, when you call 2-1-1, you reach a trained call specialist who can connect you to the right source.

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In a time when budget cuts reduce services and accessibility to them, 2-1-1 can help fill the information gap.

"2-1-1 provides a cost effective, efficient way to connect people with services," noted Dr. Dennis G. Smith, former President & CEO of United Way and former chair of Washington Information Network 211 (WIN 211).

2-1-1 can also help during a disaster by taking the burden off 911, allowing police, fire and paramedics to focus on those who most need emergency help. In addition, 211 stores an efficient and accurate database of community resources and can track gaps in services to better determine what services the community needs.

For more information, visit www.win211.org and www.211.org

If this is a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

North Sound 2-1-1 serves Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, and San Juan counties.

The North Sound 2-1-1 call center is open 24 hours daily. If you are in a crisis that can’t wait until the next business day, call the Crisis Line at 800.223.8145.