Project Connect


Project Connect is the Shenandoah Valley's one-stop free resource fair! Receive assistance from more than 50 service providers, all under the same roof - What often takes months to accomplish can be completed in one day.

Project Connect is a project of United Way NSV that strengthens and utilizes collaborations with agencies, businesses, organizations, and the community to provide comprehensive services through an in-person resource fair event for those who are at risk of becoming homeless, are currently experiencing homelessness, or are living on the cusp of making it or not.

Since we launched Project Connect in 2020,  we have partnered with city leaders, community-based organizations, and volunteers from across the Shenandoah Valley to bring essential and otherwise hard to access services to residents. These collaborations are at the heart of what we do. More than 200 volunteers make this program possible. Homelessness and our struggling ALICE population is a community issue, and as such requires a community solution.

As we stride forward, United Way NSV envisions a day when all of our neighbors are cared for, housed and are not deterred from success by access to help. To this end, our core purposes are to provide connections and care that lead toward an end of struggling for our neighbors and to build a more compassionate Shenandoah Valley.

We would like to the thank the over 70 service providers who attended the event and to all of the amazing volunteers.

Check out the highlights from Winchester's Project Connect 2022! Or view highlights from Woodstock's Project Connect 2022!

Download the impact stats from the 2020 event here. Or view the 2021 stats here.

Attend Project Connect! Pre-Register for the North or South event!

Click here to complete your intake form for quicker event entry! Paper forms will also be available at the door. 

¡Haga clic aquí para completar su forma de entrada para entrar al evento mas rápido! Formas en papel también serán disponibles en la puerta. 

Some services require advanced registration (DMV and some medical screenings). If you register for one of these services, someone will call you to schedule an appointment. Please note: some service are in high demand and no service is guaranteed. Walk-in availability is not guaranteed and is available at a first come, first served basis. 

Join us for Project Connect in 2023 for TWO events! 

Project Connect - South

Friday, June 2nd from 9:00am-2:00pm

Central High School

Address: 1147 Susan Ave. Woodstock, VA  22664


ATTEND: Pre-register for quick access or to reserve a specialized service!

ATENDER: ¡Regístrese para acceso rápido o para reservar un servicio especializado! 

PROVIDE A SERVICE: Are you a nonprofit? Inquire here about setting up at our event!

VOLUNTEER: Over 18 and looking to give back? See our volunteer needs here!

Project Connect - North

Friday, July 28th 9:00am-3:00pm

Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary School

Address: 550 Virginia Ave, Winchester, VA 22601


ATTENDPre-register for quick access or to reserve a specialized service!

PROVIDE A SERVICE: Are you a nonprofit? Inquire here about setting up at our event!

VOLUNTEER: Over 18 and looking to give back? See our volunteer needs here!

Free Services Provided:

  • Medical exams
  • Dental screenings
  • Vision screenings
  • Housing services
  • DMV services 
  • Free legal advice
  • Free Haircuts
  • Job Interviews
  • Veteran’s services
  • Free Giveaways
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Free Lunch
  • Much more!

project connect 2023 save the date



Project Connect is funded entirely through the generosity of our community. We are grateful to our corporate partners who continue to support our work at United Way and to make this exciting event a reality.

Your group may also choose to sponsor one of our event hubs and costs including, banking, medical, and dental service areas and more. This is a great way to keep large groups together in the same volunteer role during the event!

To see a full list of sponsorship opportunities, see our Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities Book. Sponsorships close on 5/1/23. Please contact United Way at (540) 536-1610 for questions about availability. 


United Way NSV invites your community group or company to volunteer with Project Connect! By volunteering as a group, you are able to spend time together outside of the office, work together as a team, and make a real impact in the community where you live and work!




More than 70 providers make Project Connect possible by providing on-site services. Are you an agency in the Northern Shenandoah Valley that wants to provide services at the event?  Visit this link to tell us more about yourself and register your service! Registration closes on 5/15/23 for the South event and 6/10/23 for the North event. For questions, contact Jennifer Hall at or 540-536-1610.