United Way’s 2-1-1 Service Available 24/7 For General McLane Families.

Edinboro, PA (January 3, 2018) – Need information on child care assistance? Do you need to find a specific child or youth service? Assistance providing food, clothing or shelter?

Simply dial 2-1-1 and talk with a trained caring resource navigator who can assist you with access to thousands of programs. United Way’s PA 2-1-1 Northwest information and referral service connects people in need to social services and operates on a 24/7/365 basis.

“Students in our community struggle for a lot of different reasons. At the same time, we have a lot of positive supports in our community,” said James W. Parker Middle School principal and District curriculum director Jason Buto. “Parents and other care givers are often at a loss for how to get the help they need. The 2-1-1 system is an easy way to get kids with various challenges hooked up with the right help.”

People in need of services can dial 2-1-1 from a landline or cell phone. Individuals can also conduct their own searches or use the live chat feature for assistance at the website, pa211nw.org. Information and referral service has not been available in Erie County since the 1990s when a similar service offered by Erie Hotline ended.

Spreading awareness within the General McLane community about the 2-1-1 service, which United Way of Erie County launched in May, is one of the three goals that General McLane’s Parent Engagement Action Team has established for this school year.

“We are committed to the success of all of our students,” said Buto, who leads the Action Team. “We often see kids hit roadblocks and want to equip parents with the tools they need to help their children be more successful.”

General McLane formed a Parent Engagement Action Team during the 2016-2017 school year, thanks to a $7,500 grant from the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University. The District created the team to help facilitate improved family and community involvement, a component of a 2016-2017 Strategic Plan initiative. The team consists of school personnel, parents and community members.

The District received an additional $5,000 grant in October to continue the work during this school year.

PA 2-1-1 NW is being managed by PA 2-1-1 Southwest which serves the 11-county SW Pennsylvania region and the three-county Southeast Pennsylvania region. The contact center for the Northwest Region is housed at Venango County Human Services.

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