The Oregon Community Foundation announces $40,000 grant to benefit the launch of the Project Mobile Connect. A project of Partnership to End Poverty and United Way of Deschutes County; the Project Mobile Connect is a rural health delivery system which will be able to provide essential services to Central Oregon residents living in or near poverty.
The Project Connect one day event held in October consists of 600 volunteers and more than 2,500 participants; gives those in need- food, clothing, dental and medical services, counseling on shelter, and other essential services. The demand for these services continues long after this one-day event. With a grant from the J.G. Edwards Fund of OCF, Central Oregon will see the launch of Project Mobile Connect. “We will be putting Project Connect on wheels and taking it to eight communities in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties,” said Ken Wilhelm, executive director of United Way of Deschutes County. “For many it is very difficult to travel up to 75 miles for this one event. A majority of those we are serving are homeless, many living in the woods throughout the area. With Project Mobile Connect, we can go to where the needs are.” The mobile van, donated by the Central Oregon Veterans Outreach Program, will be staffed with volunteer doctors, dentists and nurses. The goal of the program is to serve 80-100 individuals per clinic, in addition to the annual event at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. For more information on Project Mobile Connect, please visit Partnership to End Hunger or Oregon Cumminity foundation.