January 7, 2013
The Regional Task force on the Homeless is conducting their annual homeless count – WeAllCount on January 25th, 2013. This is an incredibly important activity in our community, as it helps to determine the portion of federal funds that our region will receive to help homeless individuals and families. The best way to get an accurate count is to have as many volunteers as possible. Please consider getting involved.
Many of us spend our lunch hours, our weekends, our early mornings feeding the homeless. We bring blankets and shoes. We collect clothing. These are worthy acts. But what about the next meal? What about the next week or month?
Approximately 10,000 individuals, families, and unaccompanied children experience homelessness annually in San Diego County. The task of alleviating homelessness can seem daunting. However, it is possible.
We can't fix what we can't measure. What, exactly, is the need?
Understanding our homeless allows our community to adjust the types of programs and services available according to need, for the most effective use of limited resources:
• Who are our homeless?
• Where are they?
• What led to their homelessness?
• What do they need in order to move forward with their lives?
In the early morning hours of January 25, 2013, roughly 700 volunteers will participate in WeAllCount. This event, led by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, enables our entire region to better understand the scope, impact and potential solutions to homelessness; and empowers our community to qualify for funding that is critical to addressing and alleviating homelessness in San Diego County. Communities across the country will be conducting similar events during the last ten days of January.
The Regional Task Force on the Homeless is seeking volunteers for the following:
January 25 (5am - 8am) - Enumerators: count unsheltered homeless persons. (400+ volunteers needed county-wide)
January 25-27 (flexible times) - Surveyors: conduct interviews with homeless individuals. (300+ volunteers needed county-wide)
January 25 (4am-9am) - Deployment Center Coordinators: Be present at a center to check teams in and out, dispense supplies, be available for phone contact, and help address any issue that may arise during the count. (30+ volunteers needed county-wide)
February - Data Entry during the month of February (flexible days/times during business hours) (50+ volunteers needed)
Note: Training for all positions is provided by Regional Task Force on the Homeless.
Anyone interested in volunteering can register Here. More information on the Regional Task Force on the Homeless can be found at: www.rtfhsd.org.
If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Cindy Williams at CountSD@rtfhsd.org or (858) 292-7627, ext. 13.
Thank you for LIVING UNITED!