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Volunteers needed to help homeless

More than 1,000 people are expected to attend Project Homeless Connect

 


More than 1,000 individuals of all ages and families experiencing homelessness are expected to attend this year’s Project Homeless Connect (PHC) event, set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, at Evergreen Middle School, 7621 Beverly Lane, in Everett.

This event wouldn’t be possible without volunteers, and registration is now open. Last year, over 150 volunteers helped provide direct and immediate services to those who attended. Volunteers are needed to help with registration, meal service, and provide general support before, during and after the event. We also need volunteers to help with set-up for the event on Wednesday, July 19. 

For more information about Project Homeless Connect and volunteer registration, visit https://www.uwsc.org/phcsnoco. Please be sure to register by July 19 as drop-in volunteers on the day of the event may not be accommodated. Questions about volunteering should be directed toward Brenna Anderst with United Way of Snohomish County at 425.374.5557 or brenna.aderst@uwsc.org.

The annual one-day event assembles over 90 agencies and resource groups to provide individuals and families experiencing homelessness with numerous free and immediate services.  Services available at the event include access to state and federal benefit assistance, veterans’ services, medical and dental screenings, employment help, mental health assessments, haircuts, and housing information.

Project Homeless Connect builds on a national model to deliver immediate services and to improve long-term access. Established in 2008 in Everett, this event is a collaboration of the Snohomish County Human Services Department, United Way of Snohomish County, Snohomish Health District, city of Everett, Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, multiple nonprofits, and volunteers. This event is sponsored by the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound.

Project Homeless Connect is on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/phcsnoco, Twitter @phcsnoco and our web at https://www.uwsc.org/phcsnoco

Through a collaborative effort between Snohomish County, the city of Everett and numerous service organizations, Snohomish County has hosted a Project Homeless event annually since 2008. Over the years, the event has continued to grow and serve the homeless and those at risk of being homeless in our county. Since the event's inception, the number of services offered has greatly expanded and the number of clients coming to the event has grown.

This event brings together hundreds of providers and community volunteers, all of whom donate their time and services to provide clients with access to necessary resources. Everyone who attends that day is given a hot meal served by volunteers and is free to access any services they might need. Over the years, some of the most popular services have been dental services, vision checks, backpack and toiletry giveaways, haircuts, and housing assistance.

The lead agency of the event has shifted over the years from Housing Hope, Cocoon House, Snohomish County Health and Human Services, and now, to United Way of Snohomish County.

 

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