by Katie Coster
Mille Lacs Health System
Mille Lacs Lake Area Health Foundation will be hosting its fifth annual Operation Community Connect (OCC) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, June 3, in the Onamia Elementary School gym. OCC is a one-day resource event offered annually to singles, teens, seniors and families with children. The Mille Lacs Lake Area OCC is a free event and open to the public. There are no income, age or family size requirements to attend.
OCC is much more than an information fair. Participants can connect with local nonprofit and social service agencies, enjoy a hot meal, get a free pair of children’s shoes, attend a car seat clinic and receive dental services donated by Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. Residents can even apply for services from any of the many vendors who will be present: Senior Dining, Medical Supplies, Veteran’s Benefits, Higher Education, Head Start, Mental Health, Mille Lacs County Services, Senior Care, Mille Lacs Band Public Health, MNsure Navigators, Pregnancy Resources, Wewinabi Early Education, SNAP, Senior Resources, Lakes and Pines, Energy Assistance, Housing Assistance, Chemical Dependency, Fare for All and WIC.
“This event offers invaluable references under one roof,” Diane Seefeld, Executive Director of the Mille Lacs Area Health Foundation, said. “We are trying to create an environment where members and service providers can easily find each other. Using the Onamia School as a location for the event hopefully removes some of the struggles with transportation, juggling busy schedules and childcare. This is a wonderful free event which we hope everyone will take advantage of.”