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Community Connections Conference

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People Helping People in Hernando County will be hosting its Second Annual Community Connections Conference from 12-1:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at People Helping People, 1396 Kass Circle in Spring Hill. As guests share information about their organizations and resources at this event, they’ll also be forming meaningful connections to last long into the future.

Kendra Kenney, executive director of People Helping People, says that Community Connections has become a valuable and requested community event on the PHP calendar. “The first Community Connections conference was highly attended, with a lot of organizations participating,” she said. “The feedback we received was that it offered many good benefits to everyone.”

Community Connections is the brainchild of Maureen Soliman, RN, clinic administrator at People Helping People. “The purpose is to strengthen the community by promoting current programs and resources to reach vulnerable residents and to encourage cooperation and communication between existing services,” read information prepared and submitted by Soliman. Those who attend Community Connections are encouraged to bring literature representing their community organizations. “We don’t have a set agenda for the conference,” said Kenney. “Participants come in and give brief speeches about what they do and offer.”

Through these presentations, guests learn about the array and multitude of services available in Hernando County. “People often respond by saying, ‘I didn’t know you did that!'” said Kenney. Conference events are set to include presentations by PHP, attendee intros, a mental health overview by Baycare, updates from the Hernando Community Coalition, updates about homeless resources, a question and answer session, and more. “This is all about how we can help each other,” said Kenney. For more information for the Community Connections conference or to register, call 352-686-4466 or write [email protected].

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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