Volunteer FAQs

Volunteer FAQs

WeAllCount is a yearly research project and community campaign coordinated by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH). Over 1,600 volunteers are needed to help count every individual and family experiencing homelessness in San Diego County, and survey the circumstances of their homelessness with a follow-up interview. This project helps us better understand and identify effective solutions to homelessness. WeAllCount also enables our region to receive millions in critical federal funding to support homeless services and programs.
The Count is January 27, 2017 and the interview shifts run from January 27 to February 1, 2017 at various times and locations.
Anyone can volunteer for the count! Minors should be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and must sign a minor waiver. Interviewers must be over 18 years old.
Counters deploy at 4:00 AM on the early morning of Friday, July 27 county-wide to count the homeless using census tract maps. Interviewers conduct multiple 15-20 minute interviews with homeless individuals at service agencies, libraries, and other sites. These shifts occur throughout the county and on various dates and times between Friday, Jan 27 to Wednesday, Feb 1.
Count Sites are the locations where volunteer counters will check-in on the morning of Friday, January 27 and pick up their maps and materials. Interview Sites are the locations where volunteers will conduct interviews with individuals who are experiencing homelessness. Interviews will be conducted Friday, January 27 to Wednesday, February 1 at various times (depending on the availability of each facility).
Interviewers should register for either a Webinar or in-person training here: http://interviewtraining.rtfh.volunteerhub.com/events/index Counters will receive an email by late December with a link to a 15 minute training video.
Yes. Have them contact Kelsey Kaline at kelsey.kaline@rtfhsd.org.
It depends. You can see your site’s schedule at rtfh.volunteerhub.com. You can also sign up for multiple volunteer sites or shifts. In addition to the hours you spend volunteering, plan for a 15 minute training for counters and an hour and half training for interviewers. On average, a count site commitment is around four hours.
For safety reasons, we deploy volunteers in groups of 2 or 3. We do not plan these teams out in advance of the count. If you volunteer at the same site as your friend or coworker you may be paired together.
Count volunteers should make sure that they are ready and dressed for all types of weather (cold, or rain included!) and have on shoes they are comfortable walking in. Volunteers should also have a fully charged cell phone in case of emergency. Feel free to bring a pen or clipboard as supplies can run short.
RTFH will host an appreciation event (sometime in April) to recognize your commitment to this important campaign as well as release the official numbers from the Count. We will send you an invite to this event once a date is finalized.
We need to know the size and scope of homelessness throughout San Diego County. In order to make a difference in the lives of our homeless residents, we need to know who they are and where they reside. The data gathered from the Count allows us to assess how and where homeless persons can best be served, but it also allows us to report to the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Congress to receive funding for projects.
In order to achieve accurate numbers we cover over 4,000 square miles in San Diego County. In some instances, volunteers may not encounter any homeless individuals during their volunteer shift. This is ok! That data is just as valuable – zero is a number! It is important that we note which areas had no homeless and do not mark based on what we have previously seen.
Please contact our WeAllCount coordinators: Kelsey Kaline, kelsey.kaline@rtfhsd.org, 858-292-7627 ext. 19 Kristian Castro, kristian.castro@rtfhsd.org, 858-292-7327 ext. 22

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