Hundreds of College Students and Community Members to Find Aid for Hunger and Housing Needs At “Project Connect” Event on November 2

10/31/2017, By Valley of the Sun United Way

Majority of Community College Students Nationwide Struggle to Make Ends Meet While Working to Earn a Degree; Event Will Connect Them With Critical Resources

PHOENIX, Arizona (October 31, 2017) – They’re the future of our community. But the majority of them struggle to make ends meet.

According to a national study, 60 percent of community college students struggle with hunger and 50 percent struggle with housing security while working to attain their degrees. This means they have to fight to not only stay in school, but to make sure they have food and shelter as well.

On Thursday, November 2, students from South Mountain Community College will get some help in the battle against poverty, thanks to a partnership between the Maricopa Community College District and Valley of the Sun United Way.

The United Way will hold a “Project Connect” event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students and families. Project Connect offers instant access to the resources people in our community need to start the journey back to health, financial stability and housing. This includes access to goods — like food and clothing — and services such as counseling and job placement.

About 500 students and community members are expected to attend this event and take a step in the fight against poverty and toward a brighter future for themselves and their families.

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND AND FILM THE EVENT. For additional information on what will take place, contact Jamie Killin at (480) 710-5270 or

                DATE: Thursday, November 2

                TIME: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

                LOCATION: South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ  85042 

ON-SITE MEDIA INTERVIEW: Jayson Matthews, Director of Ending Hunger, Valley of the Sun United Way. Mobile: (480) 480-848-7040 

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