On any given night in Contra Costa County, there are roughly 3,800 people experiencing homelessness...
The Continuum of Care/Council on Homelessness offers several volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals who want to make a difference in their local community. Help support efforts to provide much needed services and supports to homeless individuals and families in our county.
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week takes place the week before Thanksgiving every November. The Contra Costa Council on Homelessness, on behalf of the Homeless Continuum of Care, has developed a Homelessness Awareness Toolkit to promote events happening in the month of November and connect individuals with ways to become educated about homelessness, become involved in activism and find volunteer opportunities.
Contra Costa needs volunteers for an annual count of its homeless population.
Each year in January, Contra Costa's Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC), with the help of community volunteers, conducts a comprehensive point-in-time count of families and individuals experiencing homelessness. The point-in-time count tallies information about people sleeping in emergency shelters and transitional housing as well as people sleeping in cars, in abandoned properties, or in other places not meant for human habitation. It provides a one-day snapshot of homelessness and includes data about families, youth, chronically homeless, veterans, as well as gender, ethnicity, and race.
We will need volunteers to help us with drive-through canvassing to identify and count the unsheltered population across the entire geography of Contra Costa County in the early morning hours of January 23,2020. Volunteer training sessions will be held in various sites in the week before the count. If you are interested in volunteering for the Point in Time Count, please fill out a volunteer interest form.