211 Resource line now has staff focusing on Maui County
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many unforeseen challenges for local families.
Many people turn to the statewide 211 Resource line for help. Since the start of the pandemic in March, call volume has increased more than 500 percent.
211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The great news for Maui County is that Maui United Way, in partnership with Hawaii Community Foundation, Aloha United Way, County of Maui-Workforce Development and Nuestro Futuro Foundation, have created a 211 position dedicated to serving the community of Maui Nui.
“As this crisis continues, needs are growing and changing on a daily basis. Maui United Way is working diligently with our partners and the community to fill the gaps in the best way we can. By creating this position, our hopes are to alleviate some anxiety within our community and connect the resources available with those that need it most,” said Nicholas Winfrey, president and CPO.
To access 211 online, visit AUW211.org.
Mahalo to these organizations for designating staff specializing in available social services located in Maui County. This will be a great resource for our many callers.