SPOTLIGHT: 2-1-1 Oklahoma and 211ok.org
As Oklahoma’s leading nonprofit experts, the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits often is contacted with questions about how to find nonprofit organizations that provide specific services. While we welcome all questions and concerns that pertain to the nonprofit sector, we work hard to ensure that all nonprofits (and those they serve) in the state have access to important resources. For this reason, we would like to highlight 211ok.org, a new resource provided by HeartLine and Community Service Council, on a site built by Asemio in partnership with 501tech.
“2-1-1 is vital to Oklahoma families,” said Emilie McClanahan Hechtner, Communications Coordinator at HeartLine. “This service provides food before hunger, counseling before mental health crisis, utility assistance before heatstroke and safety before domestic abuse for over 290,000 Oklahomans per year.”
211 Oklahoma is a helpline and online directory for all in need of specific services the nonprofit sector is proud to offer. This online database allows one to simply search for the service needed, filter based on location and instantly see all organizations that may offer that service. Individuals may also call 211 and speak with a professional that can connect them with the appropriate organization. Some of the main categories listed on the website include:
- Food & Meals
- Mental Health/Addictions
- Employment/Income Assistance
- Schools & Adult Education
- Utility assistance
- Clothing & Household Items
- Legal Assistance/Law Enforcement
- Support Groups
- Housing & Shelter
- Health & Dental
- Public & Community Services
- Support for Parents & Families
- Disaster Service
As you will see, 211 Oklahoma is a comprehensive and easy to use resource for anybody to quickly find the services they need and the Center is proud to recommend this valuable resource.
HeartLine is Oklahoma’s suicide-prevention experts and 24-hour crisis contact center. As stated on their website, “Each hour of the day, there are people struggling to find information and help in Oklahoma. No matter the need – mental health treatment, care for an aging parent, everyday food-and-housing needs or assistance during times of disaster – Oklahomans can contact HeartLine 24 hours a day. Via our 2-1-1 call-and-chat specialists and our online resource database, we connect people to the resources and support they need.”
HeartLine is a finalist in the community category of the Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards. We are proud to honor HeartLine and celebrate the work of it and the 23 other organizations at ONE in April.