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The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) has awarded its coveted accreditation to United Way of Central Alabama’s 2-1-1 Information and Referral Center after the center completed expected practices defined by the AIRS Standards and Quality Indicators.
“UWCA is the first I&R in Alabama to receive AIRS Accreditation, and we are pleased that we met the standards for delivering high quality I&R services to Central Alabama,” said Shakeitha Tatum, Assistant Vice President, Community Service Response Center. “We look forward to the continued growth of our program and providing great service to the community.”
February 11 is National 2-1-1 Day
UWCA is also celebrating Monday, February 11 (2/11), as National 2-1-1 Day with centers across America. This easy to remember telephone number connects callers 24/7 to information about critical health and human services in their communities. Calls to local 2-1-1 centers range from every day needs like unemployment benefits and job training to crisis resources like shelters and food banks.
United Way of Central Alabama received 39,000 calls in 2018.
2-1-1 currently reaches approximately 270 million people, covering 90% of the total U.S. population and all 50 states.
This free service is confidential and connects callers instantly to some resources, functioning as a ‘one stop shop’ for those in need. Also, services are available for non-English speaking callers through a live translation.
How the certification process worked
The certification process also included a remote database review of all resources UWCA has available to its clients to ensure the information is accurate. The next step is the consultation component which United Way completed and submitted required documentation about policies and procedures for the Information and Referral program AIRS also conducted several secret shopper calls throughout the process to ensure they are providing good customer services, providing accurate resources and offering additional assistance when needed based on the need of the caller.
As the number of organizations providing specialized health and human services is on the rise, people find it more frustrating and confusing than ever to access community services making 2-1-1 every more of a community asset.