Project Community Connect

Project Community Connect will take place in October, 2020. The mission of Project Community Connect is to build community, shift mindsets around homelessness through personal experience and connection, and provide critical resources, including shelter, clothing, and living assistance, to individuals at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Washington, DC and surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia.

Project Community Connect puts essential services under one roof at the area’s largest resource fair for those experiencing homelessness. By eliminating barriers that keep them from breaking free of the cycle of homelessness, they’re winning.

United Way NCA brings together local providers to deliver medical services, housing assessments, employment services and much more to over 2,000 participants to date.

We match each participant with a volunteer “buddy” who remains with and helps the individual during the event. To date, we engaged more than 1,800 volunteers in our work. In one day, participants gain access to services that might otherwise take months.


Volunteer – Sign up to become a United Way NCA volunteer.

Donate – Make a monetary donation in support of Project Community Connect. We also welcome in-kind donations for the event! If you would like to donate certain items (See FAQs below), please contact

tamra holmes, PHC Participant

When Tamra Holmes came to Project Community 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 now 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.

Sometimes a single event can lead to homelessness. United Way NCA is joining the fight against homelessness with Project Community Connect, an annual one-day, one-stop service fair for individuals in the District of Columbia. Together, we’re providing individuals experiencing homelessness with medical care, employment services, housing assistance, and other needed resources.
Dr. Howard Osterman has been bringing his entire office to provide podiatry services for participants at Project Homeless Connect each year.
“It’s my staff’s favorite day of the year…it’s a very well run event that is very helpful to the people that they serve.” -Dr. Howard Osterman

If you are interested in providing services for a future Project Community Connect event, please email us at

  • Central Union Mission
  • Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals
  • Friendship Place
  • DC Department of Employment Services
  • DC Department of Human Services
  • DC Public Library
  • People for Fairness Coalition
  • The Salvation Army
  • So Others Might Eat (SOME)
  • United States Veterans Initiative

2019 Project Community 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:






Project Community Connect FAQs

  • How can I donate to Project Homeless Connect?

    Make a monetary donation in support of Project Community Connect.

    We also welcome in-kind donations for the event! If you would like to donate any of the following items, please contact

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


  • How can I get involved as a volunteer?

    Sign up to become a United Way NCA volunteer at:

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

    Create a company-wide day of service for Project Community Connect 2020

    Contact: Torrance Hucks, Volunteer Manager

  • Will I receive training?

    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.

  • What’s the commitment to participate?

    Volunteers can make a big impact in a 2-3 hour shift or spend the whole day with us!

  • How often does this event happen?

    Project Community Connect occurs annually in Washington, DC.