Project Community Connect – DC Area Community Outreach

Helping the DC Area Homeless & Underserved Community Members

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.

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Who is ALICE?

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.

What Does Project Community Connect Involve?

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:

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Your organization can sponsor Project Community Connect as a PCC Community Partner or PCC Community Advocate below.

PCC Community Partner

PCC Community Advocate

Become a United Way NCA volunteer to support initiatives like Project Community Connect in helping homeless and underserved populations around the DC area:

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tamra holmes, PHC ParticipantWhen 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.

Through daily, virtual workshops during the week of Project Community Connect in 2021, United Way NCA provided the community with much-needed resources. A full list of workshop recordings for this year’s event can be found on YouTube and Facebook.

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 pcc@uwnca.org.

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.

Thank you to our 2021 Project Community Connect “Partner” financial sponsors:

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Thank you to our 2021 Project Community Connect “Advocate” financial sponsors:

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Thank you to our 2021 Project Community Connect “Champion” financial sponsors:

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Thank you to our 2021 Project Community Connect “Contributors:”

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Thank you to the below 2021 Project Community Connect sponsors who graciously donated in-kind gifts:

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Project Community Connect FAQs

  • How can I donate to Project Community Connect?

    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 pcc@uwnca.org:

    Reading glassesBlankets/duvet covers
    CoatsUnderwear
    Cell phones with minutesBeauty products
    CapsHaircuts
    DeodorantGloves
    MealsScarves
    Metro cardsShoes
    Work clothes (suits, etc.)Bottled water/non-alcoholic drinks

     

  • How can I volunteer for Project Community Connect?

    Sign up to become a United Way NCA volunteer at unitedwaynca.org/volunteersignup.

  • How can I sign up for a day or week of service for my organization?

    Sponsor Project Community Connect by becoming a PCC Community Partner or PCC Community Advocate.

    Create a company-wide day of service for Project Community Connect by contacting us at pcc@uwnca.org.

  • Will I receive training?

    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.

  • What’s the commitment to participate in Project Community Connect?

    Volunteers can make a big impact in a two-to-three-hour shift or spend the whole day with us!

  • How often does this event happen?

    Project Community Connect occurs annually in Washington, DC. In 2021, PCC was held from Oct. 18 to Oct. 23. United Way NCA and partners hosted both in-person resource kit deliveries, as well as virtual workshops. Watch the recordings of the workshops on YouTube or Facebook.