Thursday, February 11, 2010

February 11, 2010 Proclaimed National 2-1-1 Day

On behalf of 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. we would like to express our gratitude for the high level of support expressed by the commissioners of the Pinellas County Government, Citrus County Government, Hernando County Government, City of Clearwater, City of Dunedin, City of Largo, City of Oldsmar, City of Pinellas Park, City of St. Petersburg, City of Safety Harbor, City of Seminole, and City of Tarpon Springs in proclaiming February 11, 2010 National 2-1-1 Day.


WHEREAS, every hour, of every day, someone in the United States needs essential services, from basic human needs to securing adequate care for a child or aging parent; and

2-1-1 is a free, easy-to-remember telephone number, connecting people to information about critical health and human services available in their community, volunteer opportunities, and improving the way in which people learn about and connect with the services they need; and

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. a non-profit organization, provides 2-1-1 services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with centers that are accessible every day of the year to everyone; and

2-1-1 provides confidential interactions with trained 2-1-1 specialists who are able to help people get to the root of their concerns and can provide available options for health and human services assistance; and

2-1-1 provides an on-line database of more than 4,000 health and human service programs in Pinellas County, located on the 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. website at; and

2-1-1 is a resource for businesses to help their employees while maintaining their productivity; 2-1-1 saves time, supports stressed employees, increases employment opportunities, decreases absenteeism and supports employee assistance programs; and

2-1-1 provides trend data on health and human service needs, met and unmet, for planning and resource allocation; and

2-1-1 serves as a support system for emergency management to help disseminate critical information, assist people through disasters and provide a long-term connection to relief and recovery services.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED that February 11, 2010 be recognized as
National 2-1-1 Day.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Secretary Napolitano Launches Public Engagement Website

Release Date: February 8, 2010

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

Web tool will increase transparency, collaboration as part of Open Government Initiative

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the launch of a new online public engagement tool designed to solicit input from the public on ways to enhance transparency, participation, collaboration and innovation at the Department—part of President Obama's Open Government Directive.

"Creating an open, transparent, more efficient and effective government is one of our top priorities at the Department of Homeland Security," said Secretary Napolitano. "This new online tool allows the public to play a major part in our Department-wide efforts to enhance openness and accessibility."

The new online tool—available from Feb.6-March 19 at allows members of the public and interested stakeholders to submit ideas and suggestions on ways DHS can enhance transparency, participation, collaboration and innovation—while saving taxpayer money.

The ideas submitted will help guide the development of an official DHS Open Government plan.

On Dec. 8, 2009, President Obama issued the Open Government Directive to begin breaking down long-standing barriers between the federal government and the people it serves, and instructed agencies to take immediate, specific steps to open their doors and data to the American people. Agencies across the federal government will begin engaging the public through similar online tools this week.

For more information, visit

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

2-1-1 TBC's Newest Graduates!

Congratulations to our newest graduates of the Skill Level II Call Center training...Marion, Jo, Anne, Jo-Ann, Carol and Diane.  Your continued support to 2-1-1 and the community is appreciated.  Great Job!


Congratulations to our newest graduates of the Sill Level II Call Center training..Marion, Jo, Anne, Jo-Ann, Carol & Diane. Your continued support to 2-1-1 and the community is appreciated. Great Job!