Who You Gonna Call??? 211!!

Who You Gonna Call??? 211!!




Last week I got a few emails from Mother’s looking for snowsuits for their kids. I sent a lot of emails and just couldn’t seem to find an answer for someone that needed it right away. Thankfully, someone on Carleton Place Moms ( Facebook) directed me to the Baptist Church where they were giving away warm clothing the next day.

I had never been asked that question before and I wanted to be able to give out a better answer faster than I did that night. I thought about starting a list and United Way East Regional Director Fraser Scantlebury told me  it would be defeating the purpose as things would be come obsolete the day after I listed them because things change so fast. He was right, and it would be the last thing I want.

Got a question about any social issue? Ontario 211 is a free helpline that connects you to community and social services in your area 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in over 150 languages. From basic needs like housing and food, to support for seniors and children, to responding to crisis situations, 211 is there.

They will help you with essential community and social services, such as financial assistance programs, health clinics, or counselling services and the list goes on and on. So if I had called them about where to get a snowsuit or a free lunch 211 a real person, not a recorded voice, that would have helped me out.

Call 211 or email  https://211ontario.ca/

United Way is a proud founding partner of 211 in Canada, providing funding and support for the program, and working to make its services available to all Canadians.




About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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