Third Annual Project Community Connect Planned for Oct. 3
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 7, 2014) – Volunteers and service providers are needed for Project Community Connect 2014 in Warrensburg and Johnson County. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in the University of Central Missouri Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
This is the third year for the event. The one-day, one-stop shop event is designed to deliver real services to people throughout Johnson County who are struggling to make the connections required for day-to-day life. This includes the homeless, as well as those with limited resources. The event is coordinated by a team of community and campus volunteers.
A large number of participating agencies, volunteers and donors will be needed to match and exceed the success of last year’s event. Donations of goods and services are needed, and cash donations, which will be used to purchase the consumable items that are distributed free, also will be accepted. Service providers and volunteers may sign up and donations should be made on the Project Community Connect website, or by contacting Bob Vickers, Project Community Connect committee chair, at 660-864-5415.
Project Community Connect 2014 will unite service agencies, civic groups and businesses to provide a variety of services. Organizers hope to provide birth certificates, mental and chemical health care screening, employment training and placement, medical and dental examinations, haircuts, photo ID assistance, free clothing, free lunch and more.Last year’s event set a record for the number served, as well as the number of volunteers.
- 640 people were served, including 17 military veterans.
- 610 Johnson County residents and UCM students volunteered their time and services.
- 3,600 volunteer hours were provided.
- 1,000 meals were served
- 183 haircuts were provided
- 97 eye tests were provided.
- 87 Missouri birth certificates were provided.
- 77 photos and 58driver’s licenses or state-issued IDs were provided.
- 96 smoke alarms were given away free.
- 750 bags of hygiene items, including toilet paper, household items, soap, toothbrushes and paste, etc., were distributed.
- 27 teeth were extracted, with follow-up visits scheduled.