Dayton Daily News

Resource line funded


The effort to establish and begin operations of a 211 resource informatio­n line for Miami County will move forward thanks to a $50,000 one-time contributi­on from the county commission­ers.

The commission voted unanimousl­y Thursday to make the financial contributi­on to the United Way of Miami County. The county is the largest in the state without a 211 helpline connecting people with services such as senior services, food, shelter, healthcare and veterans’ assistance, among others. A plan outlined to the commission­ers last year by United Way representa­tives called for contractin­g for the service with a call center, the United Way of Cleveland.

“This is much needed in our county,” said Commission President Greg Simmons. Sean Ford, United Way of Miami County chief executive officer, agreed, saying the money would help “kick start” the program. The money will pay for the first two years.

“They will be able to call somebody 24-7 ... and talk to someone specifical­ly designated for Miami County,” Ford said.

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