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Nadia AllyThe United Way of Northeast Kentucky (UWNEK) has hired Nadia Ally to serve as the resource coordinator of 2-1-1 services for the region.

UWNEK also announced that 2-1-1, a free and confidential service that helps people find the local resources they need, will launch in the Kentucky counties of Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup and Lawrence later this month.

2-1-1 is a national service of United Way being brought to Northeast Kentucky for the first time by UWNEK through grants donations and the support of Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities, King’s Daughters Medical Center and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital. 2-1-1 can be accessed by phone or computer. A toll-free call to 2-1-1 connects individuals to a community resource specialist who connects callers to local organizations that provide critical services that can improve—and save—lives.

“We feel very fortunate to have Nadia as her personality and skill set will bring a lot to this position,” said UWNEK CEO Jerri Compton. “We have been talking about 2-1-1 for a while, and here on the cusp of launching the program later this month the hiring of Nadia is the next big step in bringing this project to fruition.”

Ally said the first challenge in her new position is to assemble the database that will serve as the backbone of the 2-1-1 service. “The service will only be as good as the information in the database, so we’re working feverishly to contact and encourage those organizations that provide community services to fill out our 2-1-1 Agency Inclusion Form to ensure they are included when we launch.” Those organizations that have yet to submit information for the service can do so by having a representative complete the 2-1-1 Agency Inclusion Form by clicking here. “It is vital for agencies to fill out this form completely, as we cannot list agencies in the database without a complete form,” Ally said.

“So many areas of the country have had 2-1-1 service for years,” she said. “The people of our region have many specific needs, so it’s very important to have 2-1-1 and I look forward to help educating our communities on what 2-1-1 can do for them. From help with employment, utilities and housing, healthcare, education, food, clothing, shelter and so much more, 2-1-1 will connect those with needs to the organizations that can see those needs are met.”

A Chicago-native, Ally grew up in Harlan, Kentucky. She earned her master’s degree in public administration with a focus in non-profit and public health from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, N.C. She also earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She brings to her new role with UWNEK career experience in business analytics, recruiting, public health research, and evidence-based program development. Ally resides in Ashland with her husband Brandon.

For more information concerning 2-1-1, or for assistance with the 2-1-1 Agency Inclusion Form, contact Ally at the UWNEK office at (606) 325-1810. Established in 1936, UWNEK serves Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Lawrence, and Greenup counties. For more information, visit uwnek.org or connect via social media at facebook.com/uwnek.

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