PROJECT COMMUNITY CONNECT –
DC AREA COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Providing essential services to those at risk of or experiencing homelessness and the ALICE population.

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About

About
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About Us

United Way NCA’s annual Project Community Connect focuses on achieving equity for all of our community members, regardless of race, gender, income and ability. This year’s event will be held from Oct. 3 to Oct. 8, 2022, providing essential services to those at risk of or experiencing homelessness, as well as the region’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population. For those interested in supporting this year’s Project Community Connect by becoming a sponsor, please contact United Way NCA’s Corporate Engagement Team at CSR@uwnca.org.

 

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.

Stay tuned for updates on our PCC 2022 offerings and a schedule of events!

Mission

Mission
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Our Mission

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. See our 2021 PCC impact here.

How To Help

Get Involved / How to Help
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Get Involved

You can make monetary donations for initiatives like Project Community Connect here:

 

Your organization can sponsor Project Community Connect by contacting us below.

 

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

What Participants Experience

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What Participants Experience

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 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 the 2021 PCC event, United Way NCA provided 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  provided a series of health, education and economic opportunity virtual workshops targeting our ALICE population.

Schedule of Events

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PCC 2022 Schedule

During the week of Project Community Connect, United Way NCA will provide the community with much-needed resources. Stay tuned to this page in the weeks ahead for updates on the details of each PCC event taking place this year.

Annual Project Community Connect – October 3-8, 2022

* Oct. 3: Prince George’s Community College (Largo, MD) from 4:30pm to 7:30pm

* Oct. 6: Kelly Miller Middle School (Washington, DC) from 4:30pm to 7:30pm

* Oct. 8: Francis C. Hammond Middle School (Alexandria, VA) from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Kit Packing Opportunities- Volunteer Now

* Sept. 20: Mary Gates Center (Alexandria, VA) from 9:30am to 12:30pm

* Sept. 28: Mary Gates Center (Alexandria, VA) from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Partner Organizations

Partner Organizations
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2022 Partner Organizations

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.

Sponsors

Sponsors

2022 Sponsors

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’s Corporate Engagement Team at CSR@uwnca.org.

Thank you to Amazon for being this year’s PCC Education Advocate Sponsor.

 
Thank you to the following in-kind sponsors for their continued support.

  • Wegmans
  • Bombas
  • Giant
  • Costco
  • Diamonds Direct
  • Shoppers Food Warehouse

About Us

United Way NCA’s annual Project Community Connect focuses on achieving equity for all of our community members, regardless of race, gender, income and ability. This year’s event will be held from Oct. 3 to Oct. 8, 2022, providing essential services to those at risk of or experiencing homelessness, as well as the region’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population. For those interested in supporting this year’s Project Community Connect by becoming a sponsor, please contact United Way NCA’s Corporate Engagement Team at CSR@uwnca.org.

 

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.

Stay tuned for updates on our PCC 2022 offerings and a schedule of events!

Smiling volunteer

Our Mission

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. See our 2021 PCC impact here.

Get Involved

You can make monetary donations for initiatives like Project Community Connect here:

 

Your organization can sponsor Project Community Connect by contacting us below.

 

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

Hygiene kits

What Participants Experience

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 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 the 2021 PCC event, United Way NCA provided 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  provided a series of health, education and economic opportunity virtual workshops targeting our ALICE population.

PCC 2022 Schedule

During the week of Project Community Connect, United Way NCA will provide the community with much-needed resources. Stay tuned to this page in the weeks ahead for updates on the details of each PCC event taking place this year.

Annual Project Community Connect – October 3-8, 2022

* Oct. 3: Prince George’s Community College (Largo, MD) from 4:30pm to 7:30pm

* Oct. 6: Kelly Miller Middle School (Washington, DC) from 4:30pm to 7:30pm

* Oct. 8: Francis C. Hammond Middle School (Alexandria, VA) from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Kit Packing Opportunities- Volunteer Now

* Sept. 20: Mary Gates Center (Alexandria, VA) from 9:30am to 12:30pm

* Sept. 28: Mary Gates Center (Alexandria, VA) from 9:30am to 12:30pm

2022 Partner Organizations

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.

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2022 Sponsors

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’s Corporate Engagement Team at CSR@uwnca.org.

Thank you to Amazon for being this year’s PCC Education Advocate Sponsor.

 
Thank you to the following in-kind sponsors for their continued support.

  • Wegmans
  • Bombas
  • Giant
  • Costco
  • Diamonds Direct
  • Shoppers Food Warehouse

Project Community Connect FAQS

How can I volunteer for Project Community Connect?
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Sign up to become a United Way NCA volunteer at unitedwaynca.org/volunteersignup.

How can I donate to Project Community Connect?
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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 glasses Blankets/duvet covers
Coats Underwear
Cell phones with minutes Beauty products
Caps Haircuts
Deodorant Gloves
Meals Scarves
Metro cards Shoes
Work clothes (suits, etc.) Bottled water/non-alcoholic drinks
How can I sign up for a day or week of service for my organization?
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Sponsor Project Community Connect by contacting United Way NCA’s Corporate Engagement Team at CSR@uwnca.org.

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

Will I receive training?
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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?
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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?
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Project Community Connect occurs annually in Washington, DC. In 2022, PCC will be held from Oct.3 to Oct. 8.