The ceremony included a special virtual segment where Lt. Governor Karyn Polito brought greetings and thanked the Massachusetts United Way for their support of the state 211 system. She presented a proclamation declaring February 11, 2022 as Massachusetts 211 Day in the Commonwealth. Mayor Sarno also recognized Friday, February 11, 2022 by presenting a proclamation declaring 211 Day in the City of Springfield.
Mayor Sarno states, “I am deeply appreciative of our state leaders, including Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, for ensuring that our residents have access to this mental health resource, especially in these challenging and surreal times of COVID-19 where support for mental health needs is more crucial than ever. A special thank you to Paul Mina and his staff for their continued efforts to stepping up and supporting our community. The United Way of Pioneer Valley celebrated their 100th anniversary last year and this year their commitment and dedication is as strong as ever.”
Every year on February 11, United Ways in Massachusetts and across the country celebrate 2-1-1 Day to raise awareness of this important public service. Mass2-1-1 provides telephone and web information and referral service for residents of the Commonwealth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call2Talk is the mental health helpline of Mass2-1-1.
The Mass211 Call2Talk Springfield satellite office is located at the United Way of Pioneer Valley at 1441 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103.