Students provide needed services to the homeless population in Scott and Carver Counties at Project Community Connect
Project Community Connect is a one-day event that provides services and resources to individuals who lack of food, clothing and shelter in Minnesota’s Scott and Carver Counties. The event also provides a powerful civic engagement opportunity for community members to actively assist the underserved homeless population.
Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee students and staff provided free services at the event. Medical assisting students administered diabetes, vision and blood pressure screenings. Criminal justice students organized child identification screenings. Business students guided attendees to the appropriate resources and services.
Kelsey Boler, business student, was surprised at how the day affected her. “It was good to see that so many people from so many organizations cared,” she said. “There were young adult volunteers, senior citizen volunteers and every age in-between. I helped a family with two little kids. It was eye-opening to see their faces light up just for a free package of diapers.”
Services offered at Project Community Connect included employment services, housing information, legal assistance, basic medical care, dental services, haircuts, veterans assistance and education information.