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Nelson’s Annual Community Connect Day goes Saturday

By Contributor
November 16th, 2017

Nelson’s Annual Community Connect Day has grown so much organizers can always use more volunteers.

Community Connect Day is hosted by Nelson Committee on Homelessness (NCOH) each November. 

This year Connect Day is Saturday, (November 18) at Central School Gym (off Ward St. at Mill Street) and is an opportunity for families and individuals without adequate resources or sometimes information, to access a free “market” of services, resources and activities that can assist them and help make a difference in their lives.  

“Each year we have found that the need grows,” says Ann Harvey, Community Coordinator for the Nelson Committee on Homelessness.

”Last year more than 400 people participated in this event, served by over 70 professionals and service organizations donating their time and over 50 volunteers.”

Volunteers play a crucial role, helping with everything from planning and pre-event organization and preparation, to setting up the market the day before, taking it down after, and volunteering on the busy day itself.  Volunteers help to greet and direct people to services; book appointments and assist service providers; help with line-ups, tickets, prizes and in the café; accompany people to appointments; monitor the gym, outside and hallway areas; help with registrations of volunteers and service providers and much more!

“Services like dental and eye check-ups and referrals, haircuts, physio and chiropractic care and other body work are all services people may need but put off,  when food and other necessities come first, “ says Harvey.  “Community Connect Day is a chance for families and individuals to get such a service and also learn of other services at the same time that are available to them in the community, like those offered by Kootenay Kids, Circle of Indigenous Nations (COINS), the Advocacy Centre, Kootenay Career Development Services and others. 

“The incredible support of our community volunteers and business sponsors and donors make this possible.  We owe a great deal of thanks for their willingness to connect with people in a way that can help make an immediate difference in people’s lives and a longer-term difference to the life of the community by helping connect them with services available in Nelson.   It is really a community effort, and everyone – attendee, service provider or volunteer – takes something good away from the day!  

To learn more about how you can volunteer or contribute to the day contact Ann Harvey at 250-352-6011 x19 or at ncoh@nelsoncares.caor go to sign up!

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