United Way NCA is expanding its annual Project Homeless Connect in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to align with our strategic programmatic direction focused on achieving equity for all of our community members, regardless of race, gender, income and ability. Now called Project Community Connect, the event will take place Oct. 19-23, 2020, providing essential services to those at risk of or experiencing homelessness, as well as the region’s ALICE population.
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 will bring much-needed resources to individuals and families across the region through virtual workshops aimed toward the ALICE population, focusing on things like writing resumes, financial stability, food access and more.
This year, we will be hosting both in-person resource kit deliveries, as well as virtual workshops. United Way NCA is partnering with community organizations, providers and partners to host Project Community Connect’s virtual workshops focusing on the following daily themes:
• Monday, October 19: Food Access
• Tuesday, October 20: Basic Needs
• Wednesday, October 21: Education
• Thursday, October 22: Economic Opportunity
• Friday, October 23: Health
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.
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 launch 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, United Way NCA will provide the community with much-needed resources. Workshop topics include food access, basic needs, economic opportunity, health and education. See the full schedule with details and registration links here.
2020 Project Community Connect (formerly known as Project Homeless Connect) was 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 (formerly known as Project Homeless Connect).
Due to COVID-19, we are not accepting in-kind donations for this year’s event. If you would like to donate any of the following items for future Project Community Connect events, please contact email@example.com:
|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.
Create a company-wide day of service for Project Community Connect 2020 by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes! Through webinars, conference calls and other connection points with our staff, we ensure that volunteers know what to expect and are prepared for the day.
Volunteers can make a big impact in a 2-3 hour shift or spend the whole day with us! In 2020, we are seeking volunteers to help with virtual workshops.
Project Community Connect (formerly known as Project Homeless Connect) occurs annually in Washington, DC. In 2020, PCC will be held from Oct. 19-23. United Way NCA and partners will be hosting both in-person resource kit deliveries, as well as virtual workshops.