Lakeshore CAP seeks Door, Kewaunee county volunteers for homeless person count
KEWAUNEE COUNTY – Lakeshore Community Action Program is looking for volunteers to help conduct the semi-annual Point-In-Time Street Count of homeless persons in Door and Kewaunee counties.
Volunteers ages 18 and older will look for homeless persons in places that one might suspect they may be staying, conduct a brief survey and provide referrals for assistance. Online training will be provided before the count.
Volunteers would work a two-hour shift Aug, 13, from 4 to 6 a.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. In past years, volunteers could sign up as a team or as individuals who would be placed with a team, but because of concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, this year they must register as a team. Also, all volunteers must wear face masks and practice social distancing while on the survey. Each team also needs one volunteer driver to take it to various locations.
In addition, Lakeshore CAP is requesting assistance from the community to identify locations where suspected homeless people may be staying. The program can offer assistance and referrals for shelter.
Businesses that are aware of people who do not have shelter, or suspect that the business or building is being inhabited with homeless people, should contact Lakeshore CAP and inform it of the location.
Also, those who are aware of locations in the community (parked cars, specific parks, and so on) where people are staying who might be homeless should contact Lakeshore CAP.
The program will be using the provided information to determine the exact time to conduct the Point-in-Time search. Lakeshore CAP should be notified of these locations ahead of the count so it can organize its coalition to find these vulnerable people in the community.
Based in Manitowoc, the Lakeshore CAP mission is "to help individuals and families achieve economic self-sufficiency and well-being through results-based programming in Manitowoc, Door, Sheboygan and Kewaunee counties."
To volunteer for the Point-in-Time Street Count, or if you know of areas where homeless persons may be staying, call Kate Markwardt at 920-682-3737 or email [email protected]. Interested volunteers also can sign up by visiting lakeshorecap.org and clicking on the "Our Events" tab in the bar across the top of the homepage.
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Lakeshore CAP seeks Door, Kewaunee county volunteers for homeless person count