NEW BEDFORD — Dozens of volunteers from businesses and organizations across SouthCoast will gather on Oct. 18, helping the region’s homeless residents connect with a better future.
New Bedford Connect, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the downtown YMCA, 25 Water Street, will bring together dentists, veterans assistance, housing support, community volunteers, resources and services for area residents who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or have a friend or family member without shelter. Flu shots, dental exams and other services will be provided free of charge.
Bus service will be available from locations throughout the city, bringing participants to the event.
The goal of New Bedford Connect is to provide easy access to services and resources that support the transition of the city’s homeless — helping them get off the streets and/or shelters and into more permanent housing.
Volunteers and donations are still being accepted for the event. Here’s how you can help:
• Consider a direct donation: Money will be used for transportation, food, supplies and other necessities for the event, as well as to provide vital services for homeless in New Bedford throughout the year. Donations can be made by mail, online at RiseUpForHomes.com, or by texting RISEUP to 50155. Make checks payable to: Rise Up For Homes / First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union, ATTN: Leslie Poulin / 200 Mill Road, Suite 100 / Fairhaven, MA 02719
• Pitch in at the event: Volunteers will be needed to record data from homeless participants, as well as for set-up, general organization, and cleaning up after the event. To volunteer contact: Leslie Poulin at First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union, Fairhaven.
• Become an organizer: This is the second of what is planned to be a yearly event. Rise Up for Homes is seeking members for a permanent board to oversee the event in future years. If you’re interested, contact Leslie Poulin.
For more information, email: email@example.com or visit www.riseupforhomes.com.