Homeless Count 2020 – Call for Volunteers in New West and Greater Vancouver

The 2020 Homeless Count team is recruiting qualified volunteers for the 2020 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver. The Count will take place throughout the region inside shelters during the evening of Tuesday, March 3, 2020 and on streets throughout the day and evening of Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

By volunteering for the Count, you are helping to gather valuable information used by governments, service providers, community groups, and funders so they can plan for appropriate programs to address homelessness and measure progress in reducing homelessness.

To complete the online application form and for more information, please go to: https://www.vancitycommunityfoundation.ca/initiatives/2020-homeless-count

What’s involved

The Homeless Count involves identifying and conducting a brief anonymous survey with people experiencing homelessness. The street survey typically involves walking, biking or driving around a neighbourhood looking for individuals to survey. The shelter survey is conducted in various shelters across the region.  Shifts will be 2 to 3 hours and volunteers will be required to attend a 2-hour training session sometime between February 10 and March 2, 2020. Volunteers will work in teams of 2 and must be 19 years of age or older.

Ideal volunteers

While everyone is welcome to apply, to ensure the scientific integrity and a proper implementation of the Count we are looking for volunteers with specific skills and experience, such as:

  • experience with previous homeless counts or professional/volunteer experience working with people experiencing homelessness;
  • compassion, acceptance, and comfort with one-on-one conversations with people on the street;
  • a non-judgmental attitude and a good sense of humour.

Background

Homeless counts have taken place in Metro Vancouver every three years since 2002 and every year in the City of Vancouver since 2010.  They provide critical information on the number and characteristics of our region’s homeless population and how this population has changed over time.

The 2020 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver is an initiative of the Reaching Home Interim Community Entity, Vancity Community Foundation and Community Advisory Board (CAB). The Homeless Count is delivered in partnership with the Indigenous Reaching Home Community Entity, the Indigenous Homelessness Steering Committee, the Council of Community Homelessness Tables, and is conducted by BC Non-Profit Housing Association.

9th Annual Fundraiser and Auction

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Please join us for our annual fundraiser dinner. The theme this year is “The Future of Homelessness.” We are once again at the Columbia Theatre, 530 Columbia Street, in New Westminster. Doors open at 5:30 pm and our guest speaker will discuss the concerns and needs of homeless and at-risk youth.

Tickets for this event are $75.00 and all proceeds will go towards the activities of the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society. For more information, contact Martha Kerr at admin@nwhomeless.ca

Homelessness Action Week 2016

Calendar graphicThe New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society is once again participating in Homelessness Action Week, which takes place between Monday October 10 and Sunday October 16.

This year we ask you to join us at the following events, all for the purpose of increasing awareness around the issues of homelessness here in Metro Vancouver:

  • Monday October 10: Thanksgiving Dinner at Union Gospel Mission (658 Clarkson Street). First Seating: 12:00 pm. Second Seating: 2:00 pm.
  • Tuesday October 11: Connect Day at Holy Trinity Cathedral (514 Carnarvon Street). Breakfast starting at 8:00 am. Between 9:00 and 11:30 am various service groups will be available to provide services, resources and information. Lunch begins at 12:00 noon.
  • Thursday October 13: The 9th Annual Fundraising Dinner at the Columbia Theatre (“The Future of Homelessness”). Tickets are $75 (charitable tax receipt available) and doors open at 5:30 pm.

For more information, please contact us at admin@nwhomeless.ca