Simcoe County Homelessness Enumeration Volunteers

(Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness, Barrie - No Physical Address, Barrie Chapter)

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Position ID: V-CWD0372 Last Modified: 12 Feb 2020 Last Full Update: 24 Jan 2020
Opportunity Details
ContactOlivia Forrest, Simcoe County Homelessness Enumeration Coordinator, Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness; Phone: 705-427-2624; Email:
DutiesSimcoe County Point-in-Time Count and Registry Week 
Point in Time Count will take place April 21-23, 2020  
Roles/duties include:  
1. Administering surveys to individuals on the street, in shelters, and at service locations 
2. Administrative support and general assistance at volunteer headquarters 
3. Entering survey data into a database in preparation for analysis and reporting
More Info Link
BenefitsBy volunteering for the Point-in-Time Count and Registry week, you will be helping collect information that governments, service providers, community groups, and funders use to plan appropriate programs and services which address homelessness and measure our community’s progress in reducing homelessness. Data collected will also inform local policy and service delivery planning in addition to connecting individuals and families who lack housing stability to the services they are in need of. Individuals and families name will also be enter onto a By Name List (BNL) to prioritize their housing needs.
ClientsIndividuals and families experiencing sheltered and unsheltered homelessness.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Persons with a mental disability ; Persons with a physical disability ; Men ; Women ; Newcomers / English as a second language ; Couples ; Families ; Groups ; Individuals ; Community Groups ; Workplaces / Corporate Groups
Areas of InterestCommittees ; Community / Neighbourhood Volunteering ; Community Outreach ; Guide / Greeter ; Office Administration ; Research / Evaluation
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills - Good communication skills are important for survey administration and administrative support
; Confidentiality - Confidentiality is essential
; Customer Service - A customer service orientation accompanied with acceptance and non-judgment is needed to create a comfortable atmosphere when collecting personal information
; Dependability & Trustworthiness - Trusting relationships need to be built quickly with survey respondents
; First Aid - First Aid knowledge/experience is an asset
; Friendly & Outgoing - Must be approachable and easy to communicate with
; General Computer Skills - Computer skills are essential for data entry volunteers
; Leadership - Each survey team requires 1 person to take on a leadership role
; Listening Skills - Active listening is imperative when recording the survey answers that respondents give
; Patience -
; Planning & Organizing - Planning and organizing will be taken on by each team lead and administrative support
; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor -
; Research - The Point-in-Time Count & Registry week is a social research project taking place with real people. Having experience in research will be an asset, particularly for data entry volunteers
; Self-Motivated / Work Independently - Being self-motivated is never a bad thing
; Team Work -
; Translation & Languages - The ability to speak in another language is an asset
; Writing & Editing - Writing will be an essential skill as respondent's answers are recorded onto surveys and entered into a database
Commitment LengthOne Time / Special Event - Point-in-Time Count & Registry Week - April 21-23
Interaction LevelSmall Group - Each survey team and administrative support team will consist of 2-3 individuals, including 1 leader in each of these teams. ; Large Group - Large group interactions will likely occur during training sessions, and at the headquarters location where teams meet, sign-in, sign-out, and debrief.
Minimum Hours5.5
Dates and TimesTuesday: Afternoon, Evening (2 pm-11 pm) 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening (5 am-11 pm) 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening (5 am-11 pm) 
Shift times are yet to be determined but for now, if you are interested, please let us know what dates/times you are available to volunteer and what roles you're interested in.
SeasonsSpring ; This is taking place at the end of April when weather conditions can be unpredictable. Weather conditions will be monitored, and unless there is the threat of extremely severe weather, we will seek to carry out these surveys on the above scheduled dates. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
AccessibilityUnknown - Headquarters locations and service locations may vary in accessibility. Please contact for details.
LocationSimcoe County, Orillia, Barrie, North Simcoe, South Simcoe, South Georgian Bay
Number of PositionsSimcoe County: 200 individual(s) 
200 individual(s) needed in total. 
Please let us know what location you are able to volunteer in or would like to be assigned to on the Volunteer Registration Form.
TrainingOrientation - Orientation will be provided prior to each shift ; Training is provided - Training will be provided throughout Simcoe County, various dates, times and locations to choose from ; Training is required - Training for survey administrators is mandatory. ; Scheduled training - Training will be scheduled to take place in various locations across Simcoe County from April 16 - 23 in the afternoon and evenings. ; Training locations, dates, and times will be communicated in the near future.
TransportationNear public transit - Public transportation availability will vary based on location. ; Driver License required - A driver's license will be required for anyone that will be driving while volunteering. ; Car required - One car will be required for each survey team to travel to and from their survey destination. We will coordinate these teams on our end. ; Transportation provided - Transportation to and from survey destinations will be provided as survey teams will travel together. ; Teams will be arranged so that at least one individual on each team has a driver's license and access to a vehicle, however, individuals are responsible to arrange for their own transportation to and from their shift start and end (headquarters) location.
CostNo cost.
Police CheckNot Required
Additional RequirementsA commitment to the cause and a desire to help end homelessness in our community.
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Organization NameSimcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness, Barrie - No Physical Address, Barrie Chapter
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Barrie, ON