United Way’s 211 Helpline Receives $30,000 Sponsorship from Versant Power

AUGUSTA, MaineVersant Power has committed $30,000 over three years to United Ways of Maine’s 211 Maine program. 211 Maine is a free, confidential resource that helps Mainers find services and supports that help them stay healthy, safe, and independent.

“Our customers in northern and eastern Maine and all Mainers rely on critical services found through the 211 Helpline,” said Versant President John Flynn. “We hope our contribution helps 211 Maine continue to provide a range of helpful resources to positively impact the safety and wellbeing of our community members.”

211 Maine has been a statewide service since 2006. People can contact the Maine-based program 24 hours a day, seven days a week by dialing 211 or by texting a Maine zip code to 898-211. 211 Maine is a collaborative effort of the United Ways of Maine, the State of Maine, and The Opportunity Alliance as the Contact Center Partner.

“These funds will help raise awareness of 211 Maine throughout the state,” expressed Shirar Patterson, 211 Maine Board of Directors President and President/CEO of Heart of Maine United Way. “This sponsorship is another example of how committed Versant Power is to community and Maine people.”

211 Maine is available to anyone looking for help for themselves or someone they know. Last year, assistance with electric service payment, heating fuel, and rent payment were the most common needs by callers.

In addition to helping Mainers connect to the spectrum of health and human services, 211 Maine is involved in several other initiatives, including serving as the centralized access point for the State’s Help Me Grow system that helps families with children birth to eight find needed behavioral health or educational services. Other initiatives include serving as Maine’s Opiate Helpline and Problem Gambling Helpline, answering questions about browntail moth caterpillars and COVID-19, and more.


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