On Friday, April 15, 2016, members of United Way’s Youth Committee and friends will be going door-to-door spreading the word about a vital service in our community –211 – as part of this year’s ChangeTheWorld Youth Volunteer Challenge.
ChangeTheWorld is a province-wide campaign for youth ages 14 to 18 to volunteer through a wide variety of exciting local initiatives delivered in partnership by the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN). The goal is to inspire youth to volunteer, develop new skills and broaden their awareness of community service organizations. United Way of Chatham-Kent serves as the local administrator for this youth engagement initiative.
The youth will be boarding a bus in Chatham and traveling to Ridgetown, Blenheim and Tilbury where they will be joined by youth in each respective community to distribute informative 211 door hangers. Lunch at the Blenheim Youth Centre will be provided by Wayne’s Pizzas & Subs and Coca-Cola.
211 – the three digit telephone number – is answered live, 24 hours a day, every day of the year including holidays, in more than 150 languages. Residents can call 211 for information on community, social and health services, as well as municipal, provincial and federally funded services like housing, employment and mental health and addiction agencies. Residents can also call 211 for services like food banks or for the non-emergency police number.
Financial support for 211 is provided by United Ways across the country – in support of its “From Poverty to Possibility” focus area.