Finding the right resource at the right time has become more challenging for people in need.

Now, an easy-to-remember number – 211 – will connect callers to vital human services such as nonprofits and government and faith-based agencies.

The number is expected to be operational in central Pennsylvania by the end of the year.

A workshop to help organizations complete a required coding process for inclusion in the 211 system will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County, 357 W. Fairview St., Somerset.

The meeting is being sponsored by United Way of the Laurel Highlands.

A press release from United Way stresses the importance of complying with the coding process.

“It is extremely important that we have all of the nonprofit services, government and faith-based organizations in Cambria and Somerset counties properly coded into the system,” the release said.

“Just as 911 connects callers with emergency services ... when a person calls 211, a trained call specialist answers the inquiry.

“The easy-to-remember number saves time and frustration by eliminating the need for callers to navigate a maze of agencies and help lines.”

Agencies can register for the workshop by contacting Sue Stevens at or by calling 535-2563.

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