The United Way Alberta Northwest is pushing for the 211 program to come to the Peace Region.
County Council heard a presentation from the local United Way Monday, saying it’s time the 24/7 phone service be adopted locally.
“It’s an online directory as well as for telephone calls. When people want information in regards to services in their community they can call 211 and be directed to the proper agencies that they need to go to,” explained Brenda Yamcowy, Executive Director at the United Way Alberta Northwest.
Yamcowy says local residents and businesses currently don’t have any service like this. It would offer a full range of contacts for social, health, government and community services.
“For example, if you are a physician and you were looking to find services for one of your clients, rather than having to have your own little directory you could go to 211, find out what’s available for them, and be able to connect them right when they’re in your office.”
They’re proposing for it be a joint initiative between the County, City and MD of Greenview. It will cover an area stretching from Hythe to Fox Creek, and Grande Cache to just north of County borders.
“We’re looking at a population of a little over 100,000,” Yamcowy said.
The program already covers over 60 percent of the country.
An initial start-up cost would be $37,600 with annual fees of roughly $74,737.