February 11th is 2-1-1 Day at Trident United Way, a day to raise awareness about the needs in our community and ask for people to consider donating $211 to provide resources to this valuable service.
New numbers from Trident United Way show the Tri-County is still reeling from the economic hardship of COVID-19. Referrals from its 211 Helpline shot up 51% in 2020 compared with 2019. Referrals are defined a 211 Call Specialist recommending a client to Trident United Way or partner agencies who may be able to provide direct assistance.
Trident United Way’s 211 Helpline is a free service which operates as a safety net for all individuals needing help finding assistance, by improving the effectiveness and coordination of health and human services across the state.
A breakdown of vital categories shows an even bigger increase in needs. Referrals for utility assistance spiked 104% in 2020 compared with the previous year.
Tri-County 2020 totals – Service Referrals made by 211
Service category Referrals Change in 2020 vs 2019
Electric assistance 12,478 104%
Water assistance 2,913 104%
Rent assistance 7,287 48%
Food pantries 2,426 32%
All service referrals 33,147 51%
“Behind every number is a person, a family, our friends and neighbors who through no fault of their own were hit with an economic hurricane called COVID-19,” said Trident United Way president & CEO Chloe Knight Tonney. “We are proud to work closely with service providers across the Tri-County to improve the lives of our community, but the fact remains that accelerated philanthropic leadership is needed to get us through these tough times.”
Even as the national economy improved in late 2020, the needs in the Tri-County remain as the 4th quarter stats below show.
Tri-County 4th quarter (Oct to Dec 2020) referrals to 211
Service category Calls Change in 2020 vs 2019 (Q4)
Water assistance 1,500 284%
Electric assistance 2,067 68%
Rent assistance 2096 57%
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