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Simcoe County is about to kick-off its local participation in the 20,000 Homes Campaign (#20KHomes), a national movement convened by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness to house 20,000 Canadians who are experiencing long-term homelessness by July 1, 2018.

We will be holding a registry week from January 13 – 20, 2016. The goal of the registry week is to get know those who are experiencing homelessness in our community so that we can put together effective housing strategies to meet their needs. We will gather this information by conducting a short housing and wellness survey with individuals and families.

You can find more information about the campaign at www.20khomes.ca.

The success of our registry week hinges on volunteers like you! Sign-up by December 30, 2015 for one or more of these volunteer opportunities:

Survey Teams: We need volunteers to work in teams alongside front line staff to interview people experiencing homelessness. Some teams will be walking with street outreach teams, while others will be stationed in various shelters, day programs and drop-ins. Shifts are available in the mornings / afternoons / evenings of Friday January 15, Saturday January 16, Sunday January 17 and Monday January 18. To be part of a survey team, you will need to participate in a free training and orientation session on January 9 or 13, 2016 and have a valid criminal reference check.
• Data Entry: We are seeking volunteers to fill 3-hour shifts during the survey week (Friday to Monday, January 15 – 18), to enter the data collected by the survey teams. These volunteers will be individuals who are already comfortable with data entry on a computer system. This commitment can be for one shift or multiple shifts.
Headquarters Volunteers: Throughout the campaign (Friday January 15 – Monday January 18) in Barrie, ON. We need volunteers to staff the headquarters, coordinating refreshments and supplies (to be provided), helping to collect surveys, facilitating data entry and assisting in general set-up and clean-up.
Drivers: We are seeking individuals willing to transport survey information from Alliston, Wasaga Beach, Orillia and Midland to our headquarters in Barrie on Friday January 15, Saturday January 16 and Monday January 18. Individuals can sign up for one or all three days.

Important! Volunteers are required to participate in a mandatory training and orientation, and can choose between attending a session on Saturday January 9 from 9am – 11am or Wednesday January 13 from 4pm – 6pm OR 7pm – 9pm in Barrie, Wasaga Beach, Midland or Alliston. Please indicate your preference upon signing-up.

To sign-up, please contact us with the following information:
1. the particular volunteer opportunity(ies) you are interested in;
2. the city / town you wish to volunteer;
3. the dates you are available;
4. your preferred date/location for training and orientation; and
5. if you have a current criminal reference check (it can be on file with another organization you volunteer with)

Sign-up by contacting us – via email (preferable) at 20khomessimcoecounty@gmail.com

Or via telephone: 705 794 2155.

When it comes to homelessness, together #WeCanEndIt.

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