Orange County’s “Project Connect” Seeks Your Help

Every year, Orange County hosts an event called “Project Connect,” connecting residents at risk of homelessness with local services – employers, housing agencies, doctors, lawyers, even hairstylists – that can help them stay afloat.

It’s always held at the Hargraves Community Center, with several hundred guests and dozens of service providers. Hosted locally by the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness, Project Connect is modeled after a successful program that launched in San Francisco in 2004 and has since spread to communities nationwide.

This year’s Project Connect will take place on Tuesday, March 29, from 9 am to 3 pm – and organizers are putting out the call now for volunteers. It takes dozens of volunteers to make the event possible each year – greeting guests, filling out forms, preparing and serving food, setting up and taking down booths, registering voters, and more.

Jamie Rohe is Orange County’s Homeless Programs Coordinator; she’s stepping down from her position, so this is her last year spearheading Project Connect. She spoke about the event with WCHL’s Aaron Keck.


Volunteer shifts are three hours long, either in the morning (8:30-11:30) or the afternoon (11:30-2:30) on Tuesday the 29th. Organizers are also seeking volunteers to help set up the night before (Monday, March 28, from 6-9 pm) or clean up after the event (Tuesday from 3-5 pm).

If you’d like to volunteer, sign up at

…or visit the volunteer sign-up page directly.

Jamie Rohe: Hometown Hero

Jamie Rohe is Thursday’s Hometown Hero.

Jamie is heading up the annual “Project Connect.”  It is sometimes referred to as Project Homeless Connect.  She’s been working hard for years to help end homelessness in our community helping those who are homeless as well as those at risk for becoming homeless.  She’s about to step down from her position, so this will be her last “PROJECT CONNECT.”

Learn more about Project Connect.

You can nominate your own Hometown Hero.  WCHL has honored local members of our community everyday since 2002.

Project Connect Makes Big Changes, Big Strides

Last Thursday, the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness hosted “Project Connect,” an annual event that connects local service providers with residents who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The purpose of “Project Connect” is to give at-risk residents a chance to access job training and placement, education, medical, dental, legal, and other essential services, all in an easy one-stop setting. This year’s event at the Hargraves Community Center served more than 200 guests – and brought together about as many volunteers, to make it all happen.

After the event, Orange County Homeless Programs Coordinator Jamie Rohe spoke with WCHL’s Aaron Keck about the next steps – including a new way of assessing the event’s long-term success, as well as a new approach to finding affordable housing for those who need it.

“Project Connect” Tackles Homelessness

Orange County is seeking volunteers for the eighth annual Project Connect event, coming up next month.

Project Connect is an annual event for Orange County residents who are at risk of homelessness, to connect them with organizations that provide essential services ranging from health care to housing and job resources.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to greet guests, guide them through the event, and help set up and break down at the beginning and the end of the day.

Jamie Rohe of the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness joined WCHL’s Aaron Keck to talk about the event – and the larger issues of housing and homelessness in Orange County.

“Project Connect” will run from 9 am to 3 pm at the Hargraves Community Center on Thursday, October 9. If you’d like to volunteer, visit

CHHS JV Football Cancelled; Live Local High School Football; Project Connect

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill High School JV football team will cancel its first game against South Granville for this Thursday 8/29/13.  The team does not have enough players at the moment to field a full JV football team.

CHHS is anticipating that more young men will come out for the JV team now that school is back in session.  The schools says it hopes to field a team for the rest of the season.


For the first time ever, WCHL and are teaming up to bring you live play-by-play coverage of two local football games each week.

Last Friday night kicked off the action as your local radio station and multi-media website continue to be your home for Chapel Hill, Carrboro, OrangeCounty, and ChathamCounty schools’ high school football games Friday night.

Your local schools have never before received this kind of coverage.  Each Friday night, you’ll find a link to the games being broadcast at the top of In Orange, Chatham, Wake, Alamance, and Durham you can listen to one of the two games on 97.9 FM and 1360 AM.

For all the local teams’ schedules-including broadcast plans- weekly results, and full game replays, click here.


On October 10, the HargravesCommunity Center will host Project Connect, a one-day, one-stop center to connect the homeless with a broad range of short and long term services.

Since 2007, the event has helped more than 900 people in OrangeCounty; the event is a key strategy of the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness.

More than 50 social service agencies and 300 volunteers will serve an expected 300 guests and provide them with information on services that could help out.

Project Connect takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the HargravesCenter on North Roberson Street in Chapel Hill.

For more information you can click here.