Many of us at PB UMC volunteer our time and resources to help feed our homeless neighbors. 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?
Thousands of 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.
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 23, 2015, hundreds of 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. It also empowers our community to qualify for funding that is critical to keeping homeless shelters open throughout 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 23 (4am – 7am) Count: count unsheltered homeless persons. (1,000+ volunteers needed county-wide);
- January 23-29 (flexible times) Interview: conduct interviews with unsheltered homeless individuals. (300+ volunteers needed county-wide)
Training will be provided by Regional Task Force on the Homeless. PB UMC will host training on January 12 for the Pacific Beach coastal area. If you are interested in volunteering, you can register at http://rtfh.volunteerhub.com/events/index or contact Megan Black at (858) 292-7627, ext. 22.