YCAP seeks volunteers to count the homeless
Yamhill County Action Partnership (YCAP) is in search of more volunteers for its annual Point in Time count – a log of all the people in Yamhill County who are experiencing homelessness. The count will occur on Jan. 29 in Newberg, Dundee and cities throughout Yamhill County.
"The PIT Homeless Count is essential for generating important data on homelessness, which helps determine policy, planning and funding," a release from YCAP stated. "It also provides an opportunity for community members to connect and engage in meaningful ways with persons experiencing homelessness."
Volunteers are an essential part of YCAP's annual effort as it conducts a count similar to the census. Without volunteer labor, the count wouldn't be possible, the release said.
"Volunteers are crucial to ensuring that everyone who is experiencing homelessness in Yamhill County is counted," the release said. "Without an accurate count, vital resources, which go to many nonprofits and county programs to help this vulnerable population, could be reduced."
Volunteers will assist at drop-in locations throughout the county, which have snacks, meals and supplies for those in need. The sites are located at local churches, libraries and other locations throughout the county, ready to serve those experiencing homelessness in the area.
In addition to work at the various drop-in locations, volunteers are also needed to help with street outreach. Those in street outreach positions will be "engaging and conducting surveys with those who may not come to drop site locations," the release said.
All volunteers regardless of assignment must complete a volunteer application and attend mandatory safety training. The two trainings are scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the YCAP office in McMinnville (1317 NE Dustin Court) as well as 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the YCAP outreach office at 719 E. First St. in Newberg.
According to the release, volunteer roles are available in all parts of the county and plenty of help is needed in every community. Newberg and McMinnville are the largest communities and therefore need the most volunteers to help out.
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