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Community Connect brings neighbors together in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE, IL (WSIL) -- A pop-up event brought neighbors together at The Field Apartments for an opportunity to meet new neighbors and the address needs of the community.

Community Connect took place on Saturday afternoon and included giveaways, food, and games, but with a serious purpose addressing people in need and the uptick in violence close to home. Several service providers were are on hand, offering information on options for health care, job placement and other resources they might not know are available.

Women For Change organized the event, Vice President Deborah Woods says, many of the residents are new to the area and have never met their neighbors.

"A lot of these people aren't from Carbondale that live in this complex," says Woods. "We're here to help them, and their needs, whatever they may be that we can possibly do, whether it's information about services, mental health, spiritual, or, just getting a phone."

The pop up is the first in a series planned for the region. Women For Change, the NAACP, Carbondale United and the Women's Center all teamed up with other services providers for the event, which they are planning to take to other communities such as Marion, Cairo, and Murphysboro.

Joe Rehana

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