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Project Homeless Connect brings volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels together to serve people in our community experiencing homelessness. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities, but the majority of volunteers will act as guides, partnering with guests to help them find the resources they want.

The guides and guests will complete a quick intake to identify service priorities for the day, and will then explore the site to visit service providers. A sit-down lunch will be provided. A background in social services is not required; however, you do need a sense of humor, the willingness to help, and the ability to be on your feet for relatively long periods. All first-time volunteers are required to attend a training and orientation session. Returning volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

The date for the next Project Hoemelsss Connect event is still to be determined, please check back for updates.

FAQs

1) Are there any age requirements for volunteers?

Yes, volunteers must be 18 or older.

2) Do I need any special training to volunteer at Homeless Connect?

A 90 minute fun and informative training for Project Homeless Connect is required for everyone except those who trained and volunteered for a previous event. At this training PHC staff will orient the volunteers and answer questions about the event. While volunteers at previous Homeless Connects do not need to attend training each time, we strongly recommend attendance at the training sessions. Lots has changed in this event over the years, and we want to make sure that the guests and volunteers have as meaningful and productive a day as possible.

3) What hours do the volunteers work?

The event will start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. with two shifts for volunteers: (1) 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and (2) 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All volunteers are asked to arrive by 9:00 a.m.

4) What services are available at Homeless Connect?

Housing providers, employment specialists, medical care, mental health care, chemical health care, dental care, benefits specialists, eye care, IDs, legal aid, voicemail, haircuts, and hot meals.

5) Does Project Homeless Connect accept financial donations?

We welcome and need financial support for Project Homeless Connect. Please see the Donation page for details on making a donation.

6) Does Project Homeless Connect accept in-kind donations of clothing, toiletries, or other items?

We do not. Project Homeless Connect does not have the capacity to sort and distribute donations. We rely on our community partners to deliver these goods in an efficient way to the people who need them most. If you have items that you would like to donate, please contact agencies that currently distribute these items. If you would like to get connected to these agencies, feel free to call the PHC phone line and we will assist you.

7) How can I learn more about other opportunities to help end homelessness?

Go the Heading Home Hennepin web site to learn more about the community effort to help end homelessness.