York County Community Action Seeks Volunteers to Help Better Understand Homelessness in York County
Each January, homeless advocates conduct a point-in-time or PIT count to discover the scope of homelessness in Maine. This January 24, Maine’s PIT Count will take place statewide. The initiative will provide a snapshot of what homelessness looks like on a single night in our community and is central to better understanding its impacts. Data collected will be used to create programs and services to help those experiencing homelessness.
PIT counts are planned, coordinated, and carried out locally – though this initiative also takes place nationally. The information from emergency shelters and other service providers is included and collected through Maine’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and through paper surveys. To successfully conduct this important initiative and to combat homelessness, numerous volunteers are needed. The process involves planning and training volunteers, as well as creating packages to be distributed during the count. This year, York County Community Action is working with partners at the York County Homeless Response Service Hub and we invite members of our community to join in this critical effort. There are various volunteer positions available and training will be provided. COVID-19 safety precautions will also be followed.
If you’re interested in volunteering, please reach out to Zoe Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or sign up now at mainepit.org.