Project Connect


Project Connect is Winchester’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 and our Valley Assistance Network 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 this event just over a year ago, 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 people living in our community. 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.

The inaugural Project Connect was held on January, 23rd, 2020 at the Winchester Moose Lodge. The attendance far surpassed our expectations with 185 participants! 

We would like to the thank the over 60 service providers who attended the event and to all of the amazing volunteers. Download the impact stats from the 2020 event  here.


Pre-Register for Project Connect! 

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

Some services require advanced registration (DMV and Heart Attack Risk 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. 

Free Services Provided:

  • Free  Lunch
  • Medical exams and screenings
  • Free Dental Services
  • Housing Services
  • DMV Services
  • Free legal advice
  • Haircuts
  • On the spot job resume building and job interviews
  • Veteran’s services
  • Free Giveaways
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Much more!

The 2021 Project Connect date is 6/25/21! 

Project Connect is back! Join us on June 25th, 2021 at Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary School in Winchester, VA! 

See the full flyer here!



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.


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!




Are you an agency or business in the Northern Shenandoah Valley that may want to provide services at the event? Check back here for more details or contact Jennifer Hall Director, Community Engagement for more details. 

Visit this link to tell us more about yourself and register your service! Registration closes on 6/11/21