Volunteer for PIT

Volunteer @

Magnet Events

Magnet events have several types of volunteer needs, including greeting, serving meals, handing out incentives, and offering other operational support. 

Conduct

Street Outreach

Street outreach is completed alongside agency or professional outreach staff.

 Volunteers will travel with an outreach lead and conduct outreach in small groups or pairs. 

Attend a

Training Session

All volunteers interviewing individuals are required to attend an in-person PIT training scheduled throughout January across the region.

 

Volunteering at a Magnet Event

Magnet events have several types of volunteer needs, including greeting, serving meals, handing out incentives, and offering other operational support. Some volunteers will be trained to complete survey interviews with those attending the event.  Some volunteers or partnering service providers will be offering services such as haircuts, shower attendants, healthcare or testing, benefits information, etc. At a magnet event, volunteers can expect to see people attending throughout the duration of the event. 

 

Please keep in mind that everyone who comes to the event may access services and incentives, regardless of their participation in the PIT survey, though we hope to encourage their participation through incentives and the layout of the event.

 

The magnet event lead can help with any questions. 

Greeting 
Warmly welcome magnet event guests with a smile, thank them for their time, and direct them to where they can find a warm meal, services, and other giveaways. Some magnet events will have limited space,invite them to leave their belongings in the designated supervised area. For guests with pets, kennels will be provided. 

 

Serving Meals 
Help to serve the food, clear tables, pick up trash, and refill drinks.  Go the extra mile to make sure they have a memorable dining experience. You will be provided with a handout showcasing the on-site available services, in case you're asked questions.

 

Guiding through Services & Incentives 
Each magnet event will have designated areas for different services, including showers, haircuts, health screenings, vaccinations, public assistance, and more. There will also be tables set up for the incentives.  

You’ll be providing direction of the different services as well as personal assistance to guests in finding the items that meet their needs. Each magnet event will be stocked with snacks, hygiene kits, winter gear, and more. You’ll be in charge of organizing sizes and types (women, men, children) of winter clothing and shoes as well as keeping the tables organized so our guests get the most out of their “shopping” experience. Your handout showcases the on-site available services.

 

Surveyor 
Surveys will be completed on mobile devices whenever possible to support more accurate location and data collection. Surveyors are reminded to bring fully charged phones to your shift, and have practiced the survey multiple times – even practicing with other people – so it is easier on the PIT

 

Volunteers who plan to conduct surveys must attend a training:

  • Wednesday, January 15 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM
    Adams County Conference Center, 4430 S Adams Parkway, Brighton, CO
    Room Platte River B

     

  • Wednesday, January 22 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM
    Adams County Human Services Center, 11860 N Pecos St, Westminster, CO
    Room Apple D

     

  • For more times & locations, visit https://everyonecounts.mdhi.org/volunteer_training_schedule

 

Street Outreach

Street outreach is completed alongside agency or professional outreach staff. Often those currently experiencing homelessness may be part of your outreach team, and very helpful in identifying camps and lending credibility to the team. Volunteers will travel in pairs or small groups.

Outreach can be unpredictable, and volunteers should be prepared for a variety of situations. People may be camped out in tents, under blankets, street corners, under bridges, in parks, alleyways, etc. Many also will be living in vehicles, such as cars and campers.

Be prepared to walk a few miles – wear layers, very comfortable shoes, etc.

Always trust your gut! Safety is the most important thing.  Follow instructions from your team lead. You will not go into situations that may be unsafe, no will you be waking anyone. Keep in mind that not everyone will be interested in doing the PIT survey or want to engage with teams.

Additional Outreach training and materials will be available prior and on the day of the event. More information to come early January.

 

PIT Trainings

Volunteers who plan to conduct surveys must attend a training:

  • Wednesday, January 15 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM
    Adams County Conference Center, 4430 S Adams Parkway, Brighton, CO
    Room Platte River B

     

  • Wednesday, January 22 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM
    Adams County Human Services Center, 11860 N Pecos St, Westminster, CO
    Room Apple D

     

  • For more times & locations, visit https://everyonecounts.mdhi.org/volunteer_training_schedule

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