Whether you need information or your organization would like to promote its services, the next Ahwatukee Community Network meeting has something for everyone.

The meeting will be on Tuesday, April 17 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the community room at Mountain Park Senior Living, 4475 E. Knox Road, and will feature a speaker from Arizona 2-1-1.

Community Information and Referral Services (CIR) was founded in 1964 and became a nonprofit in 1979, but only in the past few years have they taken over 2-1-1 Arizona and created a search engine and call center that can be used to find referrals for health, human and community services.

“We wanted them to come speak to the group because I don’t think a lot of people know it’s there,” said Jessica Major of Connecting to Serve (CTS), who met the executive director of CIR at a meeting a few weeks ago and said it just made sense to invite them to speak to the Ahwatukee Foothills community.

“We’re all about the community connecting here at Connecting to Serve,” she said. “That’s all we do here at CTS is refer the right person to the right organization. So here’s an organization that does that at a state level.”

Major hopes that groups who provide valuable services will attend the meeting to find out how to add their organization to the database and help the organization provide the most updated information.

Those who have specific needs can also attend to find out where they can turn for help.

“Anyone that comes to the meeting will be able to take something away from that,” Major said. “No matter what side of the line you’re on, there’s something for you.”

2-1-1 Arizona’s mission is to “serve as Arizona’s key source of integrated information that brings people and services together to meet vital needs.”

For more information on the organization or to take a look at their online database, visit www.cir.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com

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