Whitney Phillips

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September 24, 2012
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Weld Project Connect bracing to serve thousands at one-day event

Coordinators for Weld Project Connect’s one-day event this week are calling for more volunteers to help them provide services to thousands of people in need.

Sandi Meier, special projects manager for United Way of Weld County and manager for Project Connect, said after the project’s “amazing first year” of serving 1,100 people in one day, coordinators are expecting to serve at least double that number at the event on Friday.

Meier said coordinators are
expecting to serve 2,000 to 2,500 people at the event, taking place from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Events Center at Island Grove Regional Park, 501 N. 14th Ave. Organizations will provide financial, legal and health services, including mortgage loan modifications, documentation assistance and acupuncture treatments.

Meier said to do that efficiently, they need more volunteers, especially those who speak multiple languages.

“Just so that we can better provide for the guests and meet their needs, we feel it’s important to have more people who can help with those language barriers,” Meier said.

Coordinators are hoping to find more volunteers to serve as navigators, who are matched with guests to guide them to the services they need.

Dawn Olson, director of business development for the CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado Medical Center, said she served as a navigator last year and is volunteering again this year. She said for her, the event is about letting people know their community cares.

She said she spent the entire time last year helping a young couple receive services like career advice, immunizations and child care options for their baby.

“You just get choked up at the end of the day,” Olson said. “It’s hard to walk out of there.”

Meier said Project Connect is an effort to have a variety of services available in one location at one time to people in need.

“It’s about the dignity of the guest and just providing them with the things that all of us like to have,” Meier said.

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