bc211.ca is an online information service that is an up-to-date, reliable gateway to community, social, non-clinical health and government services. The service directory database includes over 12,000 current entries that document and describe services and organizations available to help people. The website is optimized for mobile devices and online chat is available seven days a week from 8 am to 11 pm. Some of the information available includes:
• Employment support
• Legal assistance
• Mental health and addiction services
• Housing options including shelter locations
• Seniors services
• Children and youth programs, and much more.
“Sometimes the biggest barrier to getting help is knowing where to find it,” says Roberta Squire, C.E.O., United Way of Northern B.C. “bc211.ca breaks down that barrier. United Way of Northern BC is proud to support the expansion of bc211.ca across B.C.”
We believe that at the heart of a healthy community are people who care – not just for themselves – but for those around them. Through funding hundreds of local programs annually, United Way of Northern BC changes lives daily. That’s only possible because we live in a community that cares.
Every day, we see that the difficulties faced by our most vulnerable community members are complex. There’s rarely a single program or service that can satisfy all their needs. 211 services will help individuals and community service providers access what they need when they need it.
Because we’re not tied to a particular cause and because our mission addresses a vast array of difficulties faced by community members of all ages and stages in life, United Way of Northern BC has the flexibility to support key programs addressing the most pressing needs in our communities. And, we fund many services on a multi-year basis so charities can focus on what they do best – deliver them to people at their doors.
Finally, as a leader who believes in building collaborative models to address community needs, we are inviting you to join us in bringing 211 services to the Northern BC Region.
Currently, United Way of Northern BC is contributing to the community service directory to advance bc211.ca, but we believe Northern BC residents should have access to the incredible helpline and text messaging option.
bc211 phone service is already available in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Squamish, Sunshine Coast and Lillooet. Unfortunately, it’s not available in Northern BC. Not yet. United Way of Northern BC wants to change that.
To bring 211 to the Northern Region, we are going to need your help. Please join us in answering the call.
You can help change thousands of lives.