PIN Celebrates I&R Day
Everyday thousands of people find the help they need quickly, conveniently and free of charge because of Information and Referral (I&R) services. To recognize the importance of I&R in our community, PIN – The People and Information Network is celebrating I&R Day.
Information and Referral is the art, science and practice of bringing people and services together and is an integral component of the health and human services sector.
People in search of critical services such as financial assistance, food, shelter, child care, jobs, or mental health support often do not know where to begin to get help, or they get overwhelmed trying to find what they need. Community information and referral providers connect people with resources that can help them with one simple phone call or website inquiry.
Community Information is one of the pillars of work at PIN – The People and Information Network. This local information has been developed and maintained by an accredited professional to ensure the integrity of the program.
Together with Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS), an international nonprofit professional association with more than 5000 individual, public and private I&R organizational members, we celebrate I&R Day each November 16 and extend it worldwide to raise public awareness and recognize the critical importance of the I&R field.
‘Individuals and families are better able to handle life’s challenges when they are connected with the programs and supports they need to live healthy, vibrant and resilient lives. Information and Referral providers do the important job of conveying accurate, timely information so that people become aware of available services and understand eligibility and application requirements. I&R specialists provide a range of options so that inquirers may choose the support that best suits their individual needs’ said Christine Oldfield, Executive Director, PIN – The People and Information Network.
Learn more about our Community Information program and the comprehensive database of more than 1300 records on human essential services. Click here.