PROJECT CONNECT is an annual event that connects individuals & families to free on-site community services, including:
  • children’s & parenting services
  • employment & education
  • financial & legal
  • health and medical screenings
  • housing & food assistance
  • personal (haircuts, seasonal)
PROJECT CONNECT is free – including shuttles, entertainment, and lunch!

PROJECT CONNECT needs around 300 volunteers sharing their time, energy, and knowledge at each event.

PROJECT CONNECT reaches between 600-1000 attendees per event.

Everyone is welcome at PROJECT CONNECT!

The next PROJECT CONNECT will be held on October 15th, 2013 from noon until 4 o'clock at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center. Registration for volunteers and service providers will open soon.

Click here to check out archived media coverage of previous events.

Monday, November 25, 2013

News Channel 3 spotlights Project Connect!

Here is a great article and video about our recent Project Connect event from New Channel 3!

Monday, November 18, 2013

MLive Article, Video, and Picture from Wednesday's Project Connect Event!

Mark Bugnaski at MLive has a great article about last weeks event! To view the article, the amazing pictures, and the video please click here.

Monday, November 4, 2013

We have our information materials available for download and printing. You can view them by clicking on the following links where you will then be able to download and print the files:

English Flyer Obverse
English Flyer Reverse
Spanish Flyer Obverse
Spanish Flyer Reverse
General Supporter Brochure

Do not forget that Project Connect is November 13th from Noon until 4pm!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A staple service provider at Project Connect is the West Michigan College of Barbering and Beauty. The college seeks to provide the beauty industry with hair designers (Cosmetology, Barbering, Instructors, and Nail Technicians) who are respected by their employers and their profession. At Project Connect the students of the college provide haircuts free of charge! We are excited to have them back again for our Project Connect event on May 8th!

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Kalamazoo County Poverty Reduction initiative and its partners are gearing up for the May 8th Project Connect event!  For those new to the Project, check out this great video from the Public Media Network of Kalamazoo for some firsthand accounts of what makes Project Connect such a special community event:

Monday, November 12, 2012

November 14th Donation

Community Member Knits Hats for Project Connect Participants

The Poverty Reduction Initiative and the Project Connect Planning Team would like to give a big thank you to Marilyn Burgess for knitting dozens of hats for our November 14th Project Connect Event.  The support of community members like Marilyn are what make Project Connect such a special experience for participants, volunteers and service providers, and we greatly appreciate her efforts.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

PROJECT CONNECT November 16 Slideshow