The Homeless PIT Count relies on the volunteers who assist with the Street Count and associated events. To ensure adequate coverage of all of Hillsborough County, an estimated 500 volunteers are needed. MUST BE 18 years of older!
Here is the Link for Registration and Need to Know Information! MAKE SURE you REGISTER with TMC too, to get your volunteer hours! And you must attend training to volunteer for the event!
Street Count Volunteers and Deployment Site Assistants On the day of the homeless count, Thursday, February 22, 2018, pre-registered trained volunteers will meet at their selected deployment site for their selected shifts. Teams of 3-4 people will be formed with each team given a mapped area to canvass. The map includes plotted locations – including encampments, parks, alleys, underpasses, meal and service locations – where homeless people have been preciously encountered/observed over the past 12 months. Each team is then ‘deployed’ to canvass their assigned mapped area, using the plotted locations as starting points. Team members will conduct the PIT Count Survey with homeless persons they meet during their canvassing. Whenever possible, the volunteer team will include at least one person with experience working with homeless people and/or past count volunteer experience.
In addition to volunteers who are willing to conduct the Street Count, volunteers are needed to be “deployment site assistants” who can assist with the clerical tasks such as volunteer check-in/sign-out. Deployment Site Assistants will also be required to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the regular volunteer shift and remain for at least 30 minutes following the end of the shift.
The deployment locations are Brandon, Downtown Tampa, Plant City, Ruskin, Town N Country, University Area, Westshore, and West Tampa. Please visit the site for shifts.
What To Wear :
Certain host organizations, such as schools, may prohibit volunteers with certain types of criminal convictions from participating in a service project. Accordingly, The Mission Continues is requesting your consent to conduct a criminal background check in the event that your Platoon is engaging in a service project with a host organization that requires a criminal background check. By checking the box below, you authorize The Mission Continues to conduct a criminal background check.
If such a background check is required, it will be completed and used in accordance with applicable law. The Mission Continues does not automatically disqualify persons from Platoons based on criminal convictions. We want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to move forward in their lives through service, at the same time that we seek to protect the communities we serve together.