Project Community Connect

Project Community Connect is a free community event to help reduce barriers and connect people to essential resources and services for a healthier, safer and more stable community. This collaborative event raises awareness of hunger, homelessness and poverty in our region.

By bringing more than 70 service providers to one place, this event aims to provide ease of access to a broad variety of services and knowledgeable service providers to improve lives in our community.


Join us for Project Community Connect 2023!

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
1:00 - 4:00 PM   
Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center

Free - all are welcome!

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Service Provider/Vendor Registration

PCC receives strong support from social service agencies, businesses and organizations. A variety of service providers, including staff from local agencies, attorneys, healthcare providers, dental care providers and hairstylists provide direct services at the event. 

Service providers can register to host a booth for a cost of $35. Our registration is online: Click here to pay by credit card (you will be charged a 3% fee to cover our costs) OR click here to be invoiced.

Please contact Elizabeth Harstad at ElizabethH@mankatounitedway.org or 507-345-7279 for more information.

Providers include organizations focusing on employment, public health, food shelves, veterans’ services, disability, chemical dependency, mental health, women’s health, social services, housing, dental, medical and early childhood development.

All attendees are offered a light bag lunch. Government ID vouchers and interpreters are available. We also have tables with free resources including hygiene items, blankets and other necessities.

This year, we welcome the Shoe Bus! Shoes cost $2 - $5 with a limited number of free shoe vouchers available.

Registration for volunteers will be available soon. Email KarliD@mankatounitedway.org if you are interested. Thank you!

Project Community Connect welcomes hundreds of guests in need of services, as well as 70+ organizations and service providers (booths) and volunteers. Guests experience firsthand that their community cares about them and wants to direct them to services to help them become more stable and self-sufficient.

City of Mankato will provide free transit rides. For transportation Information, call Kate at 507-995-9259.

Please consider holding a Personal Care Item Donation Drive at your organization or place of employment. You simply send out a notice to your co-workers asking them to bring in new (unopened) personal care items, print the instructional sign (to come for 2023), attach to a box, and place the box out to collect donations. 

Wish List: 

  • Diapers
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Children’s hygiene items
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Pump hand soap
  • Deodorant
  • Tissues 
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper

 

PCC is made possible by sponsors and generous in-kind supporters. This collaborative event benefits from the dedication, generosity and skills of individuals from around our nine-county region. Committees and volunteers include members from regional homeless response teams and various nonprofit organizations, as well as community members and students.

2023 PCC Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Blue X Consolidated Communications   Mankato Clinic  medica

Collaborating Sponsors   

Lifeworks Mayo Clinic Health System Ucare

LEADERSHIP BY

 

Blue Earth County Supportive Housing, City of Mankato & Blue Earth County EDA, Greater Mankato Area United Way, Lloyd Management, Lutheran Social Service of MN, MN Valley Action Council, Southwest MN Housing Partnership