Project Connect Lincoln is back helping those in need after two year break
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lincoln Homeless Coalition hosted its 12th Project Connect Lincoln event after a two-year pause caused by the pandemic.
The event was held Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The coalition collaborated with the Department of Veterans Affairs and was joined by dozens of community organizations to provide food, haircuts, immunizations, healthcare services, employment resources and even veterinary services for pets to anyone in need.
Each guest at the event was paired with a volunteer navigator and offered a meal.
This ensured that everyone had access to services normally unavailable to them on a regular basis.
Several hundred volunteers showed up to help at the event, which was sponsored by Fiserv and United Way.
Maura Penas, director of community impact at United Way, said the goal is to have a one-stop shop where people can come to get everything they need.
“It’s an amazing event to see everyone pull together and help,” Penas said.
Two volunteers from Fiserv, Dan Senft and Christina Anderson, said it’s moving to see the impact this event has on people.
“Being part of the Lincoln community, we want to make sure that we’re doing good in the Lincoln community,” Senft said. “And through the work with Project Connect, we have an opportunity to really be hands-on and help those that need a helping hand.”
Anderson said that it’s all about engaging with the community to meet them wherever they’re at and help them proceed.
“It’s all about being human, and at the end of the day every walk of life needs something and has a story to tell,” she said.
Monica Zinke, one of the event chairs for Project Connect Lincoln, said it was inspiring to see how the community comes together to help.
“We see how hard people are working to get out of homelessness, and we see how many barriers they have,” she said. “So having so much here at the same place, on the same day, kind of alleviates a little bit of that struggle.”