BOSTON (CBS) – Did you know that Friday was a special day in Massachusetts? It’s 211 day, picked for the date – February 11 or 2-11.

Governor Deval Patrick declared 211 day to raise awareness among the state’s citizens about the various services available to them by dialing those three digits from their phone.

The free call will connect you to things like food, clothing and shelter assistance to counseling, legal and financial services.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

“Every day, someone somewhere in Massachusetts needs to find essential community services, an after school program, a food bank, or where to secure care for an aging parent,” the state’s website explains. “Many face these challenges, but don’t always know where to turn for help. The solution is to dial 211.”

Lt. Governor Tim Murray said Friday that there is a new 211 partnership to provide help for the state’s veterans.

“We are going to be using Mass 211, so that people can call the number and learn about the various services that the state and federal government provide to veterans and military families,” Murray said.

Mass 211 launched in 2007; since that time it has served more than 200,000 calls.


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