Local organizations celebrate 'National 2-1-1 Day'

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. If you're in need of help or assistance, there is an outstanding service available right at your telephone key pad. It's ‘National 2-1-1 Day’ to recognize the free, confidential phone number that connects Colorado residents to important, non-emergency community information and services.

Colorado United Way and our Western Colorado 2-1-1 branch teamed up with the Grand Junction Mayor Pro Tem Marty Chazen and Mesa County Commissioner John Justman to take incoming calls from the community first hand.

"There’s a lot of people out there with needs to be connected with those providers that can help them,” Chazen said. “Whether it's housing, food assistance, food stamps, you name it. There are a lot of people in need.”

Other services you can call 2-1-1 for include rent and mortgage assistance, senior care, veteran services, among them.

2-1-1 has been launched in Colorado since 2003, and last year the state was able to help 160,000 people.

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