Shedding light on barriers created by poverty

In and around Nelson, just behind the scenes, volunteers and organizers are busy preparing for Community Connect Day 2011

In and around Nelson, just behind the scenes, volunteers and organizers are busy preparing for Community Connect Day 2011. This year will mark the fourth annual offering of the event in Nelson. Given the community support that is building, it is sure to be a great day.

Community Connect Day is an inclusive event that provides free and easy access to a wide range of services and supports, all under one roof. The array of activities on-site have included dentist appointments, haircuts, massage, art workshops, housing support, employment counselling, winter blankets, health appointments, a barbecue lunch and so much more.

This year organizers hope to include some additional wellness resources, including yoga, as well as a kid zone for children and families. The multiple barriers that result from poverty make access to these resources very difficult for many in our community. This unique event is designed to assist anyone struggling to make ends meet.

“The powerful and exciting aspect of Connect is that it acknowledges that we can take a community approach to taking care of each other,” says Katie Tabor, community co-ordinator with the Nelson Committee on Homelessness.

“Connect is a really active demonstration of people coming together, from different sectors and walks of life, to support the common purpose community well being.”

The event takes place November 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central School gymnasium.

Are you a community professional, service provider, business or volunteer interested in contributing to this important event? Contact Tabor at ncoh@nelsoncares.ca.

Community Connect Day is organized by the Nelson Committee on Homelessness, and made possible by community contributions of services, funds and goods, as well as the time and energy of many volunteers.