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'Project Homeless Connect' volunteers now being sought

Project Homeless Connect will once again take place in conjunction with the eighth annual "Point In Time Survey" scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26, in Yakima and Sunnyside.

Project Homeless Connect is a service fair designed to help connect people who are homeless with services currently available to them and it takes place during the Point in Time Survey, an annual count of people who are homeless in Yakima County.

Last year more than 500 people attended the Project Homeless Connect events in Yakima and Sunnyside. Attendees received services such as health and dental screenings, haircuts, free phone calls, a hot meal and care packages.

The Homeless Network of Yakima County coordinates the events and is seeking donations which will be distributed to the homeless.

Currently there is a great need for the following items: warm clothing, coats, shoes, blankets, backpacks, sleeping bags and duffle bags, and personal hygiene items.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with Project Homeless Connect as well as the Point in Time Survey (survey volunteers must attend a one-hour training in order to participate).

Volunteers can participate for a couple hours or the entire day, and duties range from greeting people at the door to set-up and break-down.

Anyone wishing to make a donation or learn more about being a volunteer can contact the Yakima County Department of Human Services at 509-574-1520. All donations are tax deductable.

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