Providers, volunteers needed for Project Community Connect 2013

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Organizers for Project Community Connect 2013 are looking for volunteers to help provide services to those in need.
The event will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in the University of Central Missouri Student Recreation and Wellness Center, according to a news release.
This is the second year for the event, which was known last year as Project Homeless Connect. The one-day, one-stop shop event is designed to deliver services to people throughout Johnson County who are homeless or need certain resources.
Project Community Connect 2013 will unite service agencies, civic groups and businesses to provide a variety of services. Organizers hope to be able to provide birth certificates, mental and chemical health care screening, employment training and placement, medical and dental examinations, haircuts, photo ID assistance, housing assistance, free clothing, free lunch and more, according to the news release.
Last year’s accomplishments:

  • A total of 438 volunteers from the community, UCM and Whiteman Air Force Base assisted 183 families, including 290 adults and 96 children
  • 87 service providers volunteered their services, including medical, dental, vision, transportation and churches
  • 63 birth certificates were provided, along with 39 photo IDs and three marriage certificates
  • 165 blankets, 98 coats, 39 boxes of diapers and 1,200 rolls of toilet paper were provided.
  • 63 haircuts were given, including eight donations to Locks of Love for cancer patients.
  • 200 bags of clothing and food valued at $19,000 were provided.
  • People registered to vote, acquired Medicare and Medicaid, housing, AIDS tests, flu shots, and more.

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