The province’s 211 service officially launched this morning.

It’s an information and referral line for community and social services, and there are more than 3,000 groups signed up already.

The President and CEO of United Way Halifax Catherine Woodman tells News 95.7 they want to continue to build the database.

“I would expect within a week, or a month, that will grow as more services come to life, as individuals and not for profits become aware of 211.” says Woodman.

The program will cost just shy of $1 million dollars over the next five years, but Service Nova Scotia Minister John MacDonnell says people shouldn’t think about it as a cost.

“But as an investment, and generally investments just reduce costs going into the future.” explains MacDonnell.

If you call the service, the staff can help you find food banks, home care support, employment training, or languages classes, plus more.