Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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“We are very proud of this recognition by the Alliance of Information & Referral Systems (AIRS)," said Micki Thompson, Executive Director, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.. "Preparation for the accreditation process was long and hard - taking almost one year to complete. To be accredited by AIRS is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, our volunteers, and our Board of Directors."
AIRS is an international, independent, not-for-profit organization which provides support for the professional development and delivery of information and referral service organizations. The accreditation process includes a review of the organizational standards including information and referral call center service provisions, health and human resource data collection and management, cooperative and collaborative relationships, governance, personnel administration, financial and risk management, service quality improvement, and 46 service standards addressing the connection of people in need to available health, human, and emergency services.
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares has been a long term partner with the Wealth Building Coalition promoting VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) - a non profit program that works with volunteers from February to April providing FREE tax preparation with fast refund to low income people (usually income below US$42K/year - per person or per family).
Call 2-1-1 now to know where to go and what documents you must have with you to have your taxes prepared for free or visit our site http://www.211tampabay.org/ => Find Help (enter your county and the key word 'VITA' and search.
To learn more about how 2-1-1 can benefit your community, we are available to provide free presentations to community and professional groups. If your agency, civic organization, employer group, homeowner association, group or school is interested in having a speaker from 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc., please contact our Outreach & Training Department or call 727-210-4237.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Today, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. is joining over 244 - 211 centers across the country to celebrate National 2-1-1 Day, February 11th (2-11). Since the FCC set aside 2-1-1 (July 2000) for general health and human service information and referral programs, 75% of the US population now has access to 211 services. Last year, 211 centers across the United States, answered over 14 million telephone calls from people who were needing help and didn't know where to turn!
Please join in our celebration today by supporting us with the following 2 items:
- Tell one person today about 2-1-1 and our services here in our community. Please help us spread the word!!!!!
- Today, many United Way and 2-1-1 leaders will be meeting with members of Congress in Washington DC. We ask that you support 2-1-1 by contacting the LOCAL office of your member of Congress and remind them to become a co-sponsor and help support the Calling for 2-1-1 Act (H.R. 211 or S.211). The Calling 2-1-1 Act would provide federal funding to 2-1-1 services across the United States.
It's because of your on-going support that 2-1-1 is here for those who don't know where to turn when they need help!