National 2-1-1 Day raises awareness about crisis helpline

Helpline serves thousands of people every year

A nonprofit is helping people remember three simple numbers.

Wednesday was national 2-1-1 day. 2-1-1 is the number to United Way’s crisis helpline. The free helpline connects people to area services in times of need to things like referrals to parenting services or food shelters. For more than 35 years the call center has been assisting people from across the country.

In Onalaska, Great Rivers 2-1-1 is the regional call center and serves more than 20 counties in the tri-state area.

“I think this is one of the best kept secrets in the tri-state area is this free 24-7 line where you can talk to a real person. They’re there and ready to talk to you. They’re ready to help you at no cost,” said Mary Mundtreckase, director of Great Rivers 2-1-1.

Great River 2-1-1 can connect you to more than 3,000 agencies.