The next Project Homeless Connect will be held on May 20, 2013, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
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
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
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.
Monday May 6, 7:00-8:30pm - Southdale
Public Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina, MN 55435
Tuesday May 7, 7:00-8:30pm - First
Universalist Church,3400 Dupont Ave S,Minneapolis, MN
Wednesday May 8, 7:00-8:30pm - Ridgedale
Public Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55305
Friday May 10, Noon-1:00pm - Faegre
Baker Daniels LLP, 2200 Wells Fargo Center - 90 South
Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402-3901 *This is
a one hour training designed for people who work downtown.
Tuesday May 14, 10:30- Noon - St Mary's
Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S, Minneapolis,
Tuesday May 14, 7:00-8:30pm - Brookdale
Public Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn
Center MN 55430
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
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
the PHC phone line and we will assist you.
7) How can I learn more about other opportunities
to help end homelessness?