January 8, 2009 in Washington Voices

211 needs volunteers

By The Spokesman-Review

With as many as 500 calls coming in to 211, every day from people needing help with errands and other nonemergency issues, the list of volunteers is quickly exhausted.

“It’s a very, very short list we have,” said Amy Peters, program manager for 211.

Volunteers who can help take people to medical appointments, run errands, help with snow and ice removal and do wellness checks on elderly, snowbound people are needed.

Church and other community groups are encouraged to sign up.

“We want to emphasize to people that 211 is only as good as the resources that we have,” said Peters. “Some callers are very frustrated, they say ‘I already called them – it’s not working.’ For now, we encourage people to do what they can to help their neighbors.”

To volunteer, make a free call to 211.

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