Nelson’s Community Connect Day
Saturday, November 17
10 am to 3 pm
Central School Gym (at Ward and Mill Street)
Are you struggling to make ends meet? Many of us are!
Once a year the Nelson Committee on Homelessness hosts Community Connect Day – a “marketplace” of FREE services, goods, resources and information for anyone in the community who is struggling to makes ends meet. Community service providers, professionals, businesses and volunteers all come together to offer a warm welcome at this free event. It is a day that recognizes we can take a community approach to support each other!
Over 70 people will be providing free services, goods and information that day – from haircuts, to a free café, to dental, vision and health check-ups and referrals, to flu shots, foot care, chiropractic and physio services. Lightly used winter coats and winter boots will be available, as will warm winter socks, knitted goods, wellness packages, café items, personal care items and door prizes.
The generosity of local businesses, professionals, community groups, service clubs and sponsors in Nelson help to make this happen.
At the same time community, health and public services will be there to CONNECT with people to offer information and support for any issue or problem they may want to ask about. It could be about a federal Canada Pension, GIS or E.I. question, or some rental or poverty rights information, employment & training info, indigenous services, youth services, LGBTQ2S supports, addictions or harm reduction information and support, housing and shelter services or family and early childhood supports.
The amount of local support and engagement has been incredible and it is absolutely what makes this great event possible! We are especially grateful for the sponsors of Connect Day who include:
- Columbia Basin Trust,
- Nelson Hydro
- Royal Bank Canada
- RDCK Community Complex,
- Royal Canadian Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary,
- Nelson Star,
- Nelson and District Credit Union,
- Nelson CARES,
- Salvation Army
- Nelson Community Services
- Daybreak Rotary
- Covenant Church
- Kootenay Career Development Services
There are many other valued donors and contributors of goods and services for Connect Day AND an additional 50 other volunteers that help plan and organize the event, greet and assist guests and service providers, help people feel welcomed and supported, and make the day run smoothly.
This year will feature an additional Eye Care Clinic, with both the Nelson Family Eye Care and Selkirk Eye Care offices participating! As well, a new service this year will be a table run by Fortis BC which will be providing EcoSaving kits to help bring down the cost of electricity to people with an account with Nelson Hydro. They will also be encouraging people who rent to apply for eco saving programs and will follow-up with landlords and property managers identified to invite them to consider the programs.
There will be a kid’s corner of activities and face-painting, with child-minding offered for up to 30 minutes for kids of parents who need to attend a service appointment at Connect Day.
It’s a fun day to be a part of and provides everyone an opportunity to come together in a community-based way to show some support for each other. Everyone walks away with a smile and gets something from it, whether you’re a service provider, volunteer or guest!
For more information:
Ann Harvey, Community Coordinator
Nelson Committee on Homelessness
The Nelson Committee on Homelessness is supported with funding from the Homeless Partnering Strategy program of the federal government.