MSB-Shakopee helps organize Project Community Connect to end homelessness
Amanda Ladyha, Heidi Keyho, Congressman John Kline, Patricia Pettit and Allison Streich
Last fall, MSB-Shakopee hosted Project Community Connect, a one-day event designed to help end homelessness in Minnesota’s Scott and Carver Counties. Congressman John Kline awarded the project his Star of the North Congressional Award during a special ceremony on Feb. 23. The award recognizes Minnesotans in the 2nd District for their extraordinary acts of service and random acts of kindness.
Heidi Keyho, communications and community relations specialist at MSB-Shakopee, volunteers on Project Community Connect’s steering committee and was instrumental in its success.
“No matter what any of us do—big or small—to help one another, the effort contributes to a greater community,” Heidi says. “I feel fortunate to have a job that allows me to volunteer during my work hours. Not everyone has that luxury.”
MSB-Shakopee provided all facilities and some volunteers for the event. Ninety-three volunteers and 87 service providers:
Served 400 people
Provided 152 free haircuts, 24 vision exams and 11 physicals
Administered 87 vaccinations
Served 667 lunches
Helped attendees submit 60 job applications
Provided 59 legal consultations
Distributed 25 vouchers for car seats
“Many of the people who were recognized volunteer as naturally as breathing—it is simply their way of life,” Heidi says. “There were recipients of all ages, from Brownie Girl Scouts who donated teddy bears to the local fire department to senior citizen crafters who donated quilts to a homeless shelter.”