The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) is an international association comprised of over 5,000 individual and organizational members. AIRS has developed clear and consistent professional standards that address each aspect of quality I&R provision to ensure a uniform level of quality and professionalism across-the-board. The AIRS Certification Program awards professional credentials to individuals who successfully complete the appropriate AIRS Certification Program for I&R practitioners. Certification is an acknowledgment of demonstrated competence in the field of information and referral. All 2-1-1 VIRGINIA Contact Specialists work to achieve and maintain AIRS certification.
2-1-1 VIRGINIA Contact Specialists also pursue National Incident Management System (NIMS) Certification. The purpose of NIMS training is to provide a common approach for managing incidents – including natural hazards, terrorist activities, and other human-created disasters – regardless of size or complexity. NIMS training and implementation ensures that departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector are able to work together seamlessly. 2-1-1 has begun playing an active role in times of emergency and disaster by providing our customers with important information regarding disaster response and recovery.
Quick Guides to Community Resources
Community Resource Guides are available upon request. Those that have already been created appear in the “Community Resource Guides” section of this website.
The Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event was held yesterday – November 19 – at the Salem Civic Center. Many local organizations were represented, including The Salvation Army of Roanoke, Rescue Mission Ministries, the City of Roanoke’s Homeless Assistance Team and sponsors Total Action for Progress, the Salem VA Medical Center, the Roanoke Valley Veterans Council, and the Western Virginia Workforce Development Board. Those agencies, as well as others, provided a variety of services for the veterans attending: eye examinations, haircuts, resource information, clothing vouchers, housing assessments, picture IDs, a hot meal and more. 2-1-1 VIRGINIA was thankful for the opportunity to participate and honor those who have sacrificed so much for our country.
Saturday’s 2014 Roanoke Veteran Career Fair at the Historic Roanoke City Market Building
Excelis Representative Amber Cannaday
Amanda Holcomb of Hands on Blue Ridge
The Virginia Employment Commission’s Edward Blevins & Kimberly Dameron
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys
City of Roanoke
Alison Jorgensen, Council of Community Services’ Director of Resource & Capacity Development
Bland Correctional Center’s Re-Entry Resource Fair
2-1-1 VIRGINIA participated in Bland Correctional Center’s recent Re-Entry Resource Fair. The fairs are planned and held for inmates who are nearing release into the community. The goal of the fairs is to provide those individuals with tools that they may need to successfully transition home. Other participating agencies, businesses and organizations included:
- Bland County Department of Social Services
- Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
- Goodwill Industries of the Valleys
- Wytheville Community College Workforce Development
Also participating was People Incorporated‘s Virginia CARES program, whose goal is to assist returning citizens once they arrive in the community.
Returning to Roanoke From the Correctional Center . . .
Beautiful Fall day in Franklin . . .
and Henry Counties.
The pictures above were taken between Roanoke City and the Southern Area Agency on Aging in Martinsville. The Southern Area Agency on Aging provides support that promotes independence and well-being for older adults, and serves the Cities of Danville and Martinsville, as well as the Counties of Franklin, Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania. The services that they offer include:
- Information & assistance
- Senior employment services
- Insurance counseling
- Personal care
For more information, residents of Martinsville and Henry County may call 276-632-6442. Individuals from Danville, Franklin County, Patrick County and Pittsylvania County, please call 1-800-468-4571.