Project Community Connect

Project Community Connect is a collaborative, one-stop resource expo to help reduce barriers and connect people to essential resources and services for a healthier, safer and more stable community. This free 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.


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   Yellow LineProject Community Connect 2022
   Tuesday, April 19, 2022
   Time TBD

 

 

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Welcome to the 2021 South Central MN Project Community Connect! On August 31, we will bring together 300 low-income guests with 65 agencies for a one day resource sharing event called Project Community Connect (PCC)!

We thank you for your help in bringing services to those in need! Please review our job descriptions and sign up for a task. At the beginning of each shift there will be a brief orientation/training. Volunteers must be age 18 or older. Youth ages 16 or 17 can volunteer if part of a school project. Thank you for registering. We count on your help for a successful event. You will receive more information via e-mail regarding event details in advance of the PCC. Remember to check your e-mail frequently, especially during the week before the PCC.

PCC receives strong support from social service agencies, the faith community, businesses and organizations. A variety of service providers, including attorneys, healthcare providers, dental care providers, hairdressers and staff from local agencies provide direct services at the event. Many volunteers are needed the day of the event. PCC also relies on supporters to sponsor or donate to PCC, or provide products given to PCC guests.

Register to be a Project Community Connect Service Provider

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 receive free grab and go meal. Government ID vouchers and interpreters are available. We also have tables with free resources including hygiene items, blankets and other necessities.

Project Community Connect welcomed guests in need of services, as well as 70+ organizations and service providers (booths) and  volunteers. Guests saw 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 providing free bus rides to and from event.

Transportation Information: Call United Way at 507-345-4551.

Community donations are now being accepted. Your donations will help low-income families in our region. Drop off your donations at the Greater Mankato Area United Way office. 

If you would like to donate gift cards to purchase additional items, please contact Heather Anderson at 386-5762.

Wish List: 

  • Diapers (Sizes 3-5)
  • Wipes
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Children’s hygiene items
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Pump hand soap
  • Deodorant
  • Razors/shaving cream
  • Tissues 
  • Paper towels

 

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.

The 2020 resource flyer outlines community services and contact information.

PCC Resource Flyer

PCC Resource Flyer

Sponsored By

BlueCross BlueShield

Medica Foundation

2021 PCC Sponsors

United Sponsor

Medica

Supporting Sponsors

Blue X Consolidated Communications   Mankato Clinic  

Collaborating Sponsors   

Lifeworks Mayo Clinic Health System Ucare

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     Partners for Housing