2-1-1 is a vital service in our state. Unfortunately, the state Senate failed to allocate any funds to keep this program alive. I was pleased to see The News Tribune call for the Senate to fund 2-1-1 (editorial, 4-16).
South Sound 2-1-1 served nearly 80,000 people in 2014. Many callers had children under 5 in the home. It provides an instant, efficient and effective connection to the a real person who can connect a caller in need to an existing service. 2-1-1 offers interpreter services, helps people with basic food needs, connects callers to transportation, provides tax assistance resources and serves …