In 2007, a partnership led by United Way and including the nonprofit community, corporate partners, and state agencies changed the way people in need access help, and they did it with three little numbers.
Establishing United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island brought a national model to our community, and for the first time gave people in crisis one number to call to connect with multiple human services.
Who We Are
2-1-1 is the statewide resource center for information and referrals, and it comes with the support and expertise of a national network of referral experts.
What We Do
2-1-1 provides a trained and caring human connection – a call specialist – who helps people find assistance on everything from childcare needs and mental health issues, food and heating assistance, to gambling problems and elder care services. In the event of a significant storm or natural disaster, United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island support state agencies and connects people to critical services.
The call is free and confidential, and is available 24 hours a day, every day.
Funding for United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island comes from public, private and corporate support. Federal and local grants are administered through state agencies. United Way 2-1-1 is supported by a generous grant from Citizens Bank.
You can call 2-1-1 directly, use online chat, or use this website for a web search. 2-1-1 also provides walk-in services in Olneyville.
Call 2-1-1 now and we’ll connect you to a call specialist.
Out-of-State callers: 1-800-367-2700
For police, fire, or medical emergencies: Call 9-1-1.