Wednesday, January 19, 2011

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares Wins "Not for Profit of the Year" Award

The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized businesses, not-for-profits and philanthropic leaders at their sold out 89th Annual Meeting held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort last evening. 

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares was awarded Not-for-Profit of the Year for 2011 in the medium category by The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce! Pictured: Grant Petersen, 2-1-1 TBC Board Chair and Micki Thompson, 2-1-1 TBC Executive Director

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares' mission is "Connecting People and Resources".  Every hour of every day, hundreds of people are in need of essential human services - they are looking for employment, food for their family, help for an aging parent, addiction prevention programs for their teenage children, a place to stay for the night, affordable child care options, support groups and ways of becoming part of their community.

2-1-1 provides that critical connection to those support programs that facilitate access to intervention, information, and services.  We accomplish this through using enhanced means of technologies as the primary vehicle for delivering that access, and optimize the effectiveness of our community's resources by sustaining a web of connections to meet needs and contribute to positive social change.

Faced with a dramatic increase in the number of needs in our community, people often don't know where to turn.  In many cases, people find it frustrating and confusing to access community information and end up going without these necessary services because they don't know where to start.

The ultimate goal of 2-1-1 is to provide vital information that benefits individuals and communities to better people's lives.

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares would like to thank the business community for their support and nomination of our agency.

It is with our deepest expression of gratitude to The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce that we accept this great and unexpected honor.