United Way of Salt Lake offers new online service

August 8, 2012
Author: The Salt Lake Tribune

For Utahns in need of urgent help and no idea who to call, the United Way of Salt Lake recently rolled out a website, 211ut.org, featuring nearly 3,300 resources and services.

The new online service, touted as accessible in more than 170 languages, is meant to augment the more widely known 2-1-1 phone service. And both options include an expanded list of resources for people with disabilities.

"While our information specialists are quick with answers for callers, sometimes people don't have time to make a phone call," said 2-1-1 Information and Referral Director Amy Bosworth in a recent statement. "It's often easier to quickly look up information themselves, and our new system makes it simple and easy."

The online listings run the gamut, with information on emergency food pantries, rental assistance, public health clinics, child-care resources, legal aid, behavioral/substance problems and other health and human services.

"We know that when someone is in crisis, they need information now," Bosworth said.

For those seeking ways to give back to their communities, a host of volunteer opportunities can also be found at 211ut.org.

The Salt Lake Tribune