What is Project Connect

Project Connect is a day of service for those in need in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. During this one day event 700 to 1,000 individuals will connect with a range of health and human services provided by over 60 local non-profit agencies and other businesses. Free services are available in areas such as: Education & Employment, Food & Nutrition, Health & Wellness, Housing & Finance, Kids & Parenting, Veterans Affairs and other Social Services. Guests can also receive gifts of personal care items.

The idea behind the event is for people, living in or near poverty, to have access to the services they need without the confusion, red tape, and waits that often characterize social services. And for those who don’t understand the complicated social services system, they can be directed to the agencies in our community who can assist them in meeting their needs.

Just some of the FREE services that will be available on-site include:

  • Vaccinations
  • Dental Screening
  • Vision Screening
  • Glucose Testing
  • Legal and Mediation Advice
  • EZ Child ID CDs
  • Hair Cuts
  • Family Portraits
  • Hot Snack

Agency representatives will be on-site to assist with applications and access to many programs some of which include:

  • health insurance
  • housing
  • energy assistance
  • home energy consultation to learn about free energy upgrades
  • home repair loans and grants
  • mortgage and banking
  • budget counseling services including credit report
  • tax preparation services
  • early head start and tuition-free preschool
  • library card sign-ups

Free transportation is provided for those in Charlevoix, Emmet, and Cheboygan Counties.

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