United Way NCA Volunteers Pack 1,400 Hygiene Kits for Project Community Connect

Jul 29, 2021

by United Way NCA

Thirty volunteers from across the area gathered on the morning of July 21 to put together hygiene kits in preparation for our annual Project Community Connect event.

July 29, 2021 – United Way of the National Capital Area aims to provide kits and essential services to those at risk of or experiencing homelessness, the region’s Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) population, and our female neighbors without access to feminine hygiene products in our community. As part of fulfilling that commitment, United Way NCA created a volunteer opportunity for people to participate in packing kits for our upcoming Project Community Connect event.

On the morning of July 21, 30 volunteers from across the National Capital Area gathered (for our first in-person event in over a year!) to pack 580 general hygiene kits and 850 feminine hygiene kits in preparation for Project Community Connect, being held Oct. 18 to Oct. 23. In addition, volunteers wrote 315 personal notes of encouragement for Prince George’s County Public Schools students to receive as part of our annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive.

A large number of volunteers at this event were members of United Way NCA’s Women United program—a network of philanthropists who recognize and encourage exceptionality in their ability to bring about positive community change. With this volunteer support, hygiene kits were packed with essentials like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, soap, face masks, hand sanitizer, feminine products, deodorant and more.

What is Project Community Connect?

United Way NCA’s annual Project Community Connect focuses on achieving equity for all community members, regardless of race, gender, income, ability or zip code. This year, the event will be held from Oct. 18 to Oct. 23 and will provide essential services to those at risk of or experiencing homelessness, as well as the region’s Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed population. ALICE represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working but are unable to afford basic necessities.

Project Community Connect brings much-needed resources to individuals and families across the region through in-person and virtual workshops aimed toward the ALICE population, focusing on things like writing resumes, financial stability, food access and more.

To learn more about how United Way NCA is achieving a more equitable future, visit unitedwaynca.org/take-action and join the movement!

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When none are ignored, all will thrive.

About United Way of the National Capital Area

United Way of the National Capital Area improves the health, education and economic opportunity of every person in the National Capital community. United Way NCA has been improving lives by creating measurable impact in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties for more than 45 years. In 2020, United Way NCA was among 384 organizations across the United States to receive a generous transformational investment from novelist and venture philanthropist, MacKenzie Scott. For more information about United Way of the National Capital Area, visit UnitedWayNCA.org.

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