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November 29, 2007

Volunteers needed for New Haven’s First Project Homeless Connect

Nov. 29, 2007

Media Contact: Michelle Wade
Work: 203.691.4202
Cell: 860.834.0128

New Haven will hold its first Project Homeless Connect on December 12, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 592 Ella Grasso Boulevard, New Haven. Project Homeless Connect is a national initiative that has been implemented in over 130 cities and is a one-day event that provides immediate access to services and information for people who are homeless. It is anticipated that over 500 people who are homeless will take part in the New Haven event.

Service providers from across the region will be on hand that day with information about and applications for housing, legal services, healthcare, employment services, and other basic needs for individuals, families, and youth.

Volunteers are needed for various tasks including: set up and break down of event, creation of care packages for attendees, guides who will welcome, assist and escort attendees to ensure they get to the services they need. Volunteers from our community are also offering haircuts, manicures, meals, and other amenities.

Project Homeless Connect New Haven is presented by The Continuum of Care, a city-wide collaboration of agencies and individuals committed to addressing issues of homelessness in New Haven. United Way of Greater New Haven, a Continuum member, is recruiting volunteers for the event. For more information about volunteer descriptions or to register visit www.uwgnh.org and click “Volunteer now!” or contact Amy Casavina at (203) 772-2010 x214 or acasavina@uwgnh.org.

About United Way:
United Way brings together the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. To do this we: help identify our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raise dollars and invest those dollars for results; connect people to their caring through volunteer opportunities.

More information about United Way of Greater New Haven's community leadership and how you can help can be found at www.uwgnh.org.

About The Continuum of Care:

The Continuum of Care is a city-wide collaborative of agencies and individuals who are committed to addressing issues of homelessness in New Haven. The Continuum is responsible for securing funding through the Federal Office of Housing and Urban Development, which this year will result in over $5million for housing and services. In addition, the Continuum provides outreach and education to the community, organizes the annual Homeless Count, and works with the City of New Haven on the implementation of the New Haven 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. Project Homeless Connect is spear-headed by agencies from the Continuum membership.

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