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United Way and bc211 Bring Provincial Access to Services

United Way and bc211 Bring Provincial Access to Services

There are hundreds of programs and services available across the province to help people with a wide variety of issues. These include services specifically designed to help seniors or those caring for them; programs for parents, children and youth; services for people dealing with addictions; and help […]

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bc211 to Bring Service Province-Wide

bc211 to Bring Service Province-Wide

Thousands of Programs and Services Just a Click Away as United Ways Prepare to Bring bc211 Online Services to the Entire Province bc211 provides a gateway to community, social, non-clinical health, and government services. Currently, only people in the regional districts of Metro Vancouver, Squamish-Lillooet, Sunshine Coast, […]

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It’s 211 Day: Let the Bells Ring Out and the Banners Fly!!

It’s 211 Day: Let the Bells Ring Out and the Banners Fly!!

February 11th is 211 Day. 211 service in BC  launched in 2010, and as we move into our sixth year, 211 Day gives us an opportunity blow out a few candles and to reflect on where we came from, and where we are heading. But first… What is […]

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bc211 Text Messaging Service: Happy First Birthday!

bc211 Text Messaging Service: Happy First Birthday!

On February 2, 2015, bc211 launched its texting service, enabling residents of the Lower Mainland to access bc211 services simply by texting 2-1-1 from their mobile devices. Accessing free information and referral regarding community, government and social services in Metro Vancouver now no longer requires a phone […]

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A Perfect Storm? – Call or Text 211

A Perfect Storm? – Call or Text 211

 perfect storm noun: a critical or disastrous situation created by a powerful concurrence of factors — merriam-webster.com Many of us in the bc211 region experienced the might of the windstorm that swept through the South Coast on August 29th. BC Hydro estimates that 710,000 —nearly half of […]

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Video Profile: bc211 Connecting People with the Help They Need

Video Profile: bc211 Connecting People with the Help They Need

bc211 has produced nine video profiles of community-based organizations whose work is making an impact in the community. We launch the series with a look at bc211. In this video we present bc211 and an overview of the work we do. Executive Director Bob Prenovost, Information & […]

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Richmond: A Community Snapshot

Richmond: A Community Snapshot

bc211 presented a Community Snapshot to the City of Richmond in which we highlighted some of the findings around calls we received and referrals we made related to Richmond in 2014. Following is an overview of findings for Richmond calls we received from January 2014 to April […]

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The Red Book of Arts and Culture

The Red Book of Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture Resources in the Lower Mainland. Last year we posted about the thousands of individuals and services that bc211 has connected.  While we receive thousands of referral requests for social service resources, our online directory – The Red Book Online – also contains listings for […]

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Texting for Dinosaurs

Texting for Dinosaurs

If you’re a parent of teenagers, like me, you probably fret over the ubiquitous appendage found between their hand and their eyes: the smartphone. I know, I know… we moan about the loss of face-to-face interaction, we complain when they’re Snapchatting Julie instead of talking to us […]

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A Year on the Sunshine Coast

A Year on the Sunshine Coast

A Retrospective of Sunshine Coast Call Data In March 2014, bc211 expanded to the Sunshine Coast, broadening the territory reached by service. Now people from Earls Cove to Hope, and from Lillooet to White Rock can access information and referrals to resources in their community by simply […]

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Watch the iNeedBC211 Video

Watch the iNeedBC211 Video

Our goal at bc211 is to connect people in need with the services that are best suited to help them. As of February, 2015, residents of the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast are able to access bc211’s service simply by texting the name of their community to 211 on their […]

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bc211 Launches Mobile Text Messaging Service

  Starting February 2, 2015, residents of the Lower Mainland will be able to access bc211 services simply by texting 211 from their mobile device. This means accessing free information and referral regarding community, government and social services in B.C. no longer requires a phone call. Focus […]

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Thousands Assisted. For Free.

Thousands Assisted. For Free.

Is bc211 still relevant? In these highly-connected times it’s tempting to assume that information needs are being met more than ever before. In 2012 Statistics Canada declared that 83% of Canadian households had internet access at home1. We have the internet and we have smartphones and tablets; […]

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