Volunteers for homeless count in Snohomish County needed

  • Sun Jan 24th, 2010 10:27pm
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Herald Staff

EVERETT — Volunteers are needed to help Snohomish County Human Services and the Homeless Policy Task Force count the number of homeless people in neighborhoods throughout the county.

What’s called the Point in Time count is set for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

This count is conducted each January across the country. Volunteers and human services providers work together to identify and assess the number of homeless in their communities. Results of the count help local governments and nonprofit organizations apply for federal and state funding to help people find homes.

Last year in Snohomish County, more than 200 volunteers found more than 2,300 people who were identified as being homeless. Included in that number were more than 800 children.

Volunteers are asked to give at least three hours to the effort. Training and supplies will be provided, along with snacks and drinks.

To learn more or commit to helping, contact one of these people:

In central Snohomish County, contact Jerry Gadek, Salvation Army, 425-259-8129 or jerry.gadek@usw.salvationarmy.org. Training is in Everett.

In east Snohomish County, contact Bill Humphreys, Volunteers of America, 425-259-3191 or bhumphreys@voaww.org. Training is in Monroe.

In south Snohomish County, contact Maria Bighaus, YWCA,: 425-774-9843 or mbighaus@ywcaworks.org. Training is in Lynnwood.

In north Snohomish County, contact Nate Greenland, Housing Hope, 425-347-6556 or NateGreenland@housinghope.org. Training is in Arlington.

More info: 425-388-3268

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427, gfiege@heraldnet.com.