The Crow Wing County Coalition to End Poverty in partnership with Central Lakes College is coordinating the second annual Operation Community Connect. Operation Community Connect is a one-day event where community members access resources from area agencies and organizations at one location in a single day. Operation Community Connect will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Free haircuts, a free lunch and a variety of providers will be on hand to screen for service eligibility and provide assistance to apply for services. “The community members and area agencies that make this event possible believe in our community and its ability to reach out and assist people in need,” said Jennifer Perez (pictured), a member of the Crow Wing County Coalition to End Poverty and graduate of Central Lakes College. “This event reduces barriers for families to access the services that already exist.” Jennifer said the target audience is individuals who are in need, but the event is open to everyone. “This is a great opportunity for individuals and families to access the services they need, or find information on eligibility requirements. One can meet with an employee of Energy Assistance, speak with someone about housing resources, meet with a veteran service officer, and connect with numerous other service providers in one location.” Additional services will include veterans services, mental health screenings, public health information, public assistance and food support information, financial counseling, housing services and energy assistance.