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More than 400 area residents attend annual Community Connect for the first time

A recent community resource gathering has been deemed a success by local officials.

The Livingston County Homeless Continuum of Care hosted the Community Connect 2023 on Feb. 4 at the 2/42 Community Church in Genoa Township.

The community-wide outreach event provided essential services and information to 717 guests from 342 households. Impressively, 412 guests attended the event for the first time.

 83 vendors were on hand to provide information, services like haircuts and eye exams, or essential items like diapers, winter gear, laundry detergent, and food. 280 volunteers devoted over 900 hours to ensure that the event was organized and ran smoothly for all those who attended.

Liz Welch, Community Investments Director at Livingston County United Way, served as a Co-Chair of the event and said she was overwhelmed by the community’s response to the event and thankful for all those involved.

“On behalf of myself and my Co-Chair, Amy Johnston, I want to thank everyone who made this event possible; our sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and committee,” said Welch. “Without these amazing people this event could not happen, and it’s clear from this year’s turnout how many people appreciated the services, information and connection to resources.”

 A special thank you was also given to 2|42 Community Church for hosting the event.

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