Polk Community Connect

Posted on December 19, 2011. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! | Tags: |

For the last few years both those in need and volunteers in Marion County have looked forward to Community Homeless Connect. This one-day resource and referral fair is for those who are experiencing homelessness, or are living on the edge of homelessness.

This year, the Polk County Commission for Children and Families is happy to host a similar event for Polk County residents.

Polk Community Connect is a free, one-day resource fair focused on connecting our homeless neighbors and those at risk of becoming homeless, with as many sources of direct support as possible. Community Connect brings county, government and community groups together in the mission to help our homeless and provide information, services and resources. The approach is designed to help inspire hope and respect for those in need—one person at a time. Services include: medical, dental, housing, employment, pet, bike repair, and children and family resources.

Polk Community Connect

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Living Hope City Church

450 SE Washington Street

Dallas, OR

Oregon’s Ending Homelessness Advisory Council defines “homelessness” as being without a decent, safe, stable and permanent place to live that is fit for human habitation. Therefore, people experiencing homelessness include more than people living on the street.

According to the National Alliance to end Homelessness, new evidence suggests that homelessness will increase by five percent during the next three years. It is clear there is a great need for events such as these and we need your help to help make Polk Community Connect successful.

Community Connect is completely staffed by volunteers; requiring at least 150 volunteer to host the event. From set up, serving meals, guiding attendees, or assisting with clean up—there is something for everyone and no help will go unnoticed. You can volunteer for a few hours, or help for the entire day. Donations are also accepted and appreciated.

For more information and sign up instructions go to: HandsOnMWV.org

Melissa Gibler is the program director for HandsOn Mid-Willamette Valley—an initiative of the United Way. She can be reached at (877) 372-4141, or melissa@handsonmwv.org

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