United Way NCA’s annual Project Community Connect (formerly called Project Homeless Connect) focuses on achieving equity for all of our community members, regardless of race, gender, income and ability. This year’s event was held from Oct. 18 to Oct. 23, 2021, providing essential services to those at risk of or experiencing homelessness, as well as the region’s ALICE population. Support this year’s Project Community Connect as a PCC Community Partner or PCC Community Advocate.
ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households earn above the Federal Poverty Level, yet they are not eligible for assistance and can’t afford the basic household necessities, including housing, child care, food, transportation, health care and a basic smartphone plan. 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 job opportunities, financial stability, health and more.
In 2021, we provided in-person resource kit deliveries, as well as virtual workshops. United Way NCA partnered with community organizations, providers and corporate partners to provide resource kits and to host Project Community Connect’s virtual workshops. Watch the recordings of the workshops on YouTube or Facebook.
The mission of Project Community Connect is to build community, shift mindsets around homelessness through personal experience and connection, and provide critical resources to individuals and families in Washington, DC and surrounding counties in Maryland and Northern Virginia.
You can make monetary donations for initiatives like Project Community Connect here:
Your organization can sponsor Project Community Connect as a PCC Community Partner or PCC Community Advocate below.
Become a United Way NCA volunteer to support initiatives like Project Community Connect in helping homeless and underserved populations around the DC area:
When Tamra Holmes came to Project Community Connect (formerly known as Project Homeless Connect) in 2018, she desperately needed assistance breaking her lease and reducing the increasing charges from her landlord. Within the year of receiving assistance, Holmes found a new apartment and returned to Project Community Connect in 2019 as a volunteer.
“Nobody in a homeless situation should be looked down upon, or judged or made to feel bad,” shares Holmes.
At this year’s event, United Way NCA will continue to provide much-needed resources like healthy food, hygiene and winter clothing kits for our neighbors at risk of or experiencing homelessness. In addition, United Way NCA will provide a series of health, education and economic opportunity virtual workshops targeting our ALICE population.
Project Community Connect is made possible with the generous support of our community partners. If your organization is interested in partnering with United Way NCA for Project Community Connect, please contact us at email@example.com.
Project Community Connect is made possible with the generous support of our sponsors. If your organization is interested in supporting Project Community Connect, please contact United Way NCA Corporate Engagement Team at CSR@uwnca.org.
Make a monetary donation in support of Project Community Connect.
If you would like to donate any of the following items for Project Community Connect events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org:
|Reading glasses||Blankets/duvet covers|
|Cell phones with minutes||Beauty products|
|Work clothes (suits, etc.)||Bottled water/non-alcoholic drinks|
Sign up to become a United Way NCA volunteer at unitedwaynca.org/volunteersignup.
Yes! Through webinars, conference calls and other connection points with our staff, we ensure that our Project Community Connect volunteers know what to expect and are prepared for the day.
Volunteers can make a big impact in a two-to-three-hour shift or spend the whole day with us!