The United Way says that Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB641 into law, ensuring United Way’s 2-1-1 Helpline will receive $300,000 in state funding each year for the next two years.

The United Ways says the bill was approved unanimously by the legislature on May 23.

According to the United Way, 2-1-1 Helpline is a free information and referral system linking Nebraska residents to health and human services, community and disaster response and government programs.

The 2-1-1 Helpline provides support statewide, serving people from every legislative district in Nebraska.

The United Ways says that through a designation by the Nebraska Public Service Commission, United Way of the Midlands (UWM) has operated the helpline for 15 years and has served the entire state since 2010.

“We are honored to receive support for 2-1-1 from the state,” said Shawna Forsberg, United Way of the Midlands’ president and CEO. “These funds will help us promote this vital resource and ensure it remains available to all Nebraskans.”

The United Way says the newly granted state funding will allow the 2-1-1 Helpline to reinstate 24/7 service, positioning it to assist in any emergency or disaster response efforts across the state.

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