211 is a Statewide Resource that Serves People at Critical Moments

Heather Pierce, pictured above, helped establish the 211 Information and Referral service at United Way of the Plains in 2006. She manages the 211 specialist team and oversees the statewide network database as the 211 Coordinator for United Way of the Plains.

Each of you reading this will likely come across someone in the near future who has experienced a tragedy . . . [Read More]

February 7, 2023|Tags: |

Ride United: A Caseworker’s Guide to Free Meal Deliveries

Access to food in Wichita can prove difficult in some neighborhoods and households. Barriers vary from lacking access to nearby grocery stories to mobility issues and limited transportation options. Ride United: Last Mile Delivery is a program that can help.

Ride United: Last Mile Delivery is a partnership with United Way of the Plains, Open Door Food Ministries, Bank of America, . . . [Read More]

January 5, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

Which to call: 211 vs. 988 vs. 911

Who do you call for a mental health emergency?

Health involves physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. It’s important to ask when help is needed and many times there is a timely element. If you are having a medical emergency, you know to call 911, but there has always been a pause when it comes to a mental health crisis. Who do . . . [Read More]

September 27, 2022|Tags: , , |

211 Network Connects People with Needed Resources at Life’s Critical Moments

By Heather Pierce, 211 Coordinator for United Way of the Plains, Special to the Wichita Eagle

The following OpEd appeared in the Wichita Eagle on National 211 Day, Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. 

It’s not easy to think clearly when you’re suddenly faced with life’s uncertainties or experiencing a crisis. The shock of losing a job or unexpectedly facing . . . [Read More]

February 11, 2022|Tags: , |

Evergy’s Community Impact Program provides grant for United Way’s 211 Information and Referral Service

Evergy logo.

United Way of the Plains has accepted a generous grant from Evergy’s Community Impact Program to help fund the organization’s 211 Information and Referral Service. The funding will help cover some of the costs associated with providing the free, confidential service that is available 24/7 to connect individuals with a . . . [Read More]

November 4, 2021|Tags: , |


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