2-1-1 is the national abbreviated dialing code for free access to health and human services information and referral. 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember and universally recognizable number that makes a critical connection between individuals and families seeking services or volunteer opportunities and the appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies. 2-1-1 makes it possible for people to navigate the complex and ever-growing maze of human service agencies and programs. By making services easier to access, 2-1-1 encourages prevention and fosters self-sufficiency. It is also hoped that 2-1-1 will reduce the number of non-emergency calls inappropriately made to 911.