Welcome to PROJECT CONNECT!



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, 2014 from noon until 4 o'clock at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center. Registration for volunteers and service providers will open soon.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Top 20 Services from May 2011

Here are the Top 20 Services from the May event (some service providers did not report numbers).

Project Connect Top 20 Services

201 Housing Discrimination
148 Housing
121 Portraits
119 Asthma Education
108 Emergency Food Services
96 Domestic Violence/Child Abuse Prevention
96 Blood Pressure
96 Blood Sugar
73 First Aid Kits
73 Haircuts
71 Health Tips
68 Information & Service Referrals
66 Library
65 Birth Certificates/IDs
63 Resumes/Interviews
61 People w/Disability Employment
60 Kids Fingerprinting
54 Hearing Screening
46 GED Pre-Registration
46 Parenting Skills

Want to support a particular service? Send us an email and we'll connect you with the organization: projectconnect@haltpoverty.org

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Service Counts from 2010-2011

Here is a summary of the service counts from the 2010 and 2011 Project Connect events. Blank fields were either not reported or the service was not available.

Service Counts by Event
May-11 Nov-10 May-10
Basic Needs 575 940 369
Birth Certificates/IDs 65 71 175
Disability Information and Advocacy 20

Domestic Violence Resources/Child Abuse Prevention 32 32
Emergency Food Services 108

Food Assistance
555
Footcare
55 61
Free Food Program
1
Free Kids Shoes 46

Housing 148 131 102
Information & Service Referrals 68

Mending Center 15 18
MIPPA Applications
18 15
Service Referrals
3
SSI/SSDI Benefits Pre-Screenings 36 46
Veterans Services 8 10 16
Youth Services 29

Children's Services 182 203 214
Baby Items
47
Children's Medical Services 17 3
Development Appropriate Play
38
Developmental Screenings
7 16
DHS Applications
30 23
Free Youth Summer Camp 20

Head Start 27 10 13
Infant Toddler Growth & Development 46
72
Kids Fingerprinting 60 58 85
WIC 12 10 5
Educational 688 324 231
Adult Reading Tutoring 11
17
Asthma Education 119

College Applications 12 45 25
Domestic Violence Resources/Child Abuse Prevention 96

Food Preparation: Easy, Tasty, Healthy 36

GED Pre-Registration 46 34 43
Housing Discrimination 201 127
Legal Aid 34
55
Library 66 79 73
Parenting Skills 46 16
Poision Prevention
4
Spanish Classes
6
Voter Registration/Voting Questions 21 13 18
Employment 124 129 73
Employment
63
People w/Disability Employment 61

Resumes/Interviews 63 45 18
Temporary Employment Applications
21 55
Financial 39 11 67
Consumer Protection 39

Insurance

67
Tax Foreclosure Prevention
11
Housing 31 32
Foreclosure Prevention 18

Homebuyer Education 13 32
Medical 626 438 518
Blood Pressure 96 25 150
Blood Sugar 96 73 150
Dental 23 54
Diabetic Solutions 14

First Aid Kits 73

Health Insurance (0-18) 40 3
Health Tips 71 24
Hearing Screening 54 25 36
HIV Testing 25 20
Medication Review 46 15 15
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Screenings 30 22 31
Optical Health Screenings 32 66 102
Vaccines 26 111 34
Personal 255 146 398
Banking and Insurance 4 2
Banking Needs/Credit Repair 30 25 8
Haircuts 73 90 219
Life Coaching 27

Portraits 121
171
Tutoring
29
Grand Total 2520 2223 1870

Demographic Data from Nov 2010 vs. May 2011

Here are some charts of Project Connect participants demographic information - income, household, employment and where sleeping that night. Note: income level not asked prior to May 2011.




Kalamazoo Neighborhood Poverty vs. Project Connect Attendee

We're trying to reach more community members who might benefit from the services offered at Project Connect. The chart below shows the number of people in poverty in the City of Kalamazoo's neighborhoods (calculated from city-data.com percentages) vs. the number of Project Connect May 2011 attendees from those neighborhoods.

Where the red line doesn't align with the green line - we need your help with outreach in those neighborhoods, especially the Vine area. Contact Kelcie Douglas at the poverty reduction initiative by email at povertysimulation@haltpoverty.org or call 269.615.1383. She's scheduling breakfast meetings for August.