MANKATO—The seventh annual South Central Minnesota Project Community Connect will take place from 12 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 at the Verizon Wireless Center.
The free, one-stop resource event helps individuals and families access employment, food, health, legal, recreational and transportation services.
“Project Community Connect is focused on increasing the well-being of our region by reducing barriers and connecting people to many diverse resources and services all in one place,” said United Way CEO Barb Kaus.
Last year, more than 500 guests from the nine-county region utilized services from dozens of regional providers.
Lunch is provided to all attendees. Free offerings include haircuts, household items, dental and medical screenings and government ID vouchers. Free childcare, interpreters and transportation assistance available. This year’s event will feature the Shoe Bus, which offers new and gently used, low-cost shoes.
Donations are being sought for children’s diapers/wipes; hygiene supplies (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet paper, shampoo/conditioner); and household cleaning products (tissues, paper towels, powdered laundry soap, cleaning wipes, hand/dish soap). Drop off donations at United Way in Mankato.
City of Mankato
Mankato Clinic Foundation
The Project Community Connect leadership team includes Blue Earth County Employment Services, Greater Mankato Area United Way, Mankato Area Public Schools, Minnesota Valley Action Council and Partners for Affordable Housing.