HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia Power announced today a $200,000 contribution toward the establishment of 211
service in Nova Scotia.
The commitment was made during an event to celebrate the success achieved by the United Way of Halifax Region
in its annual community fundraising campaign. Adoption of a province-wide 211 service is being led by United Way of Halifax Region, in collaboration with United Ways across Nova Scotia as well as partners like Nova Scotia Power and the Government of Nova Scotia. 211 is a three digit telephone number that quickly links people to community, social, health and government programs and services. 211 services already exist in Toronto and other cities in Ontario, in Quebec, Calgary and Edmonton as well as many parts of the United States.
This Nova Scotia Power donation, combined with the company's 2009 contribution of $25,000 toward the launch of 211, means the United Way has achieved its goal of finding corporate funding for more than half of the $400,000 that will be required to launch 211 in Nova Scotia.
"Our Board of Directors supported this one-time donation for 211 because we believe this is an important service that will benefit all Nova Scotians," said Rick Janega, Chief Operating Officer of Nova Scotia Power. "It was made to acknowledge the tremendous effort made by Nova Scotia Power employees across the province, who in 2009 exceeded all past benchmarks for employee giving to United Ways across Nova Scotia. Their commitment to the communities where we live and work is inspiring."
"The 211 contribution is evidence that Nova Scotia Power is a progressive company undergoing positive change," said Catherine Woodman, President and CEO of the United Way of Halifax Region. "It speaks volumes of the respect the Board and leadership of the company has for employees, and the great dedication those employees share for the social vitality of our province."