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County Seeks Volunteers for Homeless Count

You can help provide services for homeless adults and children by being a volunteer driver and counter for the 2013 Contra Costa County homeless count.

The Contra Costa Health Services Department is seeking volunteers to help with the county's bi-annual homeless count.

Funding for homeless programs is determined every two years in part by a point-in-time count of unsheltered homeless living the county.

The count also provides a baseline for historical data and gives service providers a better understanding for shaping more effective responses, according to Health Services.

The count takes place on Jan. 30.

"This is a massive effort requiring hundreds of caring volunteers who are willing to donate 3-4 hours of their time, but the rewards are many," says a flier for the effort.

"A four-hour investment of your time next month could mean a LIFETIME of difference to a homeless family living on the streets in cold and rainy weather!" the flier adds.

"Volunteers are needed from East, West and Central County, and must be at least 18 years old," according to an announcement from Health Services. "Volunteers are required to attend a one-hour training session one week before the count."

On the day of the count, volunteers "will meet at 6 a.m. for a 30-minute
orientation before fanning out across the county in cars to tally homeless persons," the announcement says.

Those who wish to volunteer can email homelessprogram@hsd.cccounty.us, fill out an online form at http://cchealth.org/services/homeless/ or call 925-313-6124.

Volunteers can sign up also by filling out and submitting the Volunteer Information Form found on the second page of the attached pdf file, which also includes the flier for the program.

Valerie Sloven December 19, 2012 at 09:53 PM
There are some very mean-spirited people around.
Chris J Kapsalis December 19, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Jed is a flamer, by his own addmission on Patch. He likes to bait people. I take nothing he says serously. Nothing.
Emily Henry December 19, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Let's also remember that there are some very wonderful people around too. So many are volunteering their time and donating cash and goods to help the homeless this holiday season. Let's think on them, and no on the few who have personal gripes with the world. Perhaps they'll get a visit from a few ghosts this Christmas.
Valerie Sloven December 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Why is it the "flame throwers" never use their full names. Emily, you are right. I work in a family shelter and every day I witness acts of kindness and compassion from volunteers.
Dive Turn Work December 20, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Some people will always be the Mr. Potter in "It's A Wonderful Life".

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