Homeless survey needs volunteers for Thursday

Published on Saturday, 18 January 2014 22:57 - Written by From Staff Reports

Volunteers are needed for the annual Point in Time Homeless Survey that will be conducted on Thursday.

“Teams of volunteers will canvass shelters, soup kitchens, streets and parks to count and survey people who are homeless,” according to the written release. “This important information will be used to help homeless people leave the streets for a better life.”

Volunteers will be provided with training before conducting the survey.

“Anyone who shares our commitment to helping the homeless of Smith County is encouraged to volunteer,” the release states.

People with social service experience, or who have participated in a Point in Time Homeless Survey before and are interested in being a team leader, should indicate their experience on the registration form.

New volunteers will meet at 3 p.m. and experienced volunteers will meet at 4 p.m. the day of the survey. After a brief training and a snack, volunteer teams will disperse throughout the county and count and survey individuals living on the street, locations not intended for human habitation, and in shelters from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The survey will not be re-scheduled in the event of extreme winter weather.

Each team will be comprised of two or three volunteers. Teams are assigned to a small study area and are responsible for determining how many homeless individuals are in that area and collecting survey information.

Transportation to a shelter will be available for any homeless individual interested in receiving services.

Volunteers should report to The Salvation Army at 633 N. Broadway Ave.

To sign up to volunteer, visit http://www.ethnn.org/volunteer-for-point-in-time-survey.html.