Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Interested in making local resources more accessible to residents?

Finding appropriate resources and programs for clients can be a challenge.   That's why the work of a group of providers, advocates, techies, and government staff is so exciting.   We are working together as the DC Resource Platform group to 1) improve 211/Answers, Please! and 2) assist community-driven platforms be the best they can be.

The group will next meet June 20 at 11:00 am at SOME's Family Dining Room (71 O St NW).   You're invited—no, you're urged—to attend.   And bring colleagues.   RSVP here.

At the meeting we will get updates about iCarol (the system DC has just started using) and Aunt Bertha, a similar, new effort in Texas.   We will also be establish working groups for future meetings.   The focus of this next meeting is to take actionable next steps.

Lest you think all we do is talk, here are two achievements.   The first is asking the city to upgrade the 211 program.   Last year it did and now there is greater capacity to share information from the backend.   The second achievement is the new 211 website shown below.   We asked and the District government delivered.

For more information about the group and its goals, check out the DC Community Resource Portal wiki.

We look forward to seeing you next week!

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