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Point in time count volunteer


Friends of the Family will survey the community to conduct what’s known as a Point in Time Count. Staff and volunteers are tasked with going into the community to count the number of people experiencing homelessness in our 9-county community: Allamakee, Bremer, Butler, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Howard, Fayette, and Winneshiek. This count allows us to gather data and information about the need for housing programs in our area.




Volunteers work in teams of 2 or 3 with staff and survey 2-3 counties in the 9-county area. Teams will travel to parks, businesses, and other identified areas to look for people who might be experiencing homelessness.

Assigned counties will be determined based on location of volunteers.




Point in Time Volunteer:

(1) Attends training/webinar about Point in Time Count and learns about safety while conducting the count.

(2) Works as a team to survey the designated area.

(3) Collects and reports required demographics from any person living unsheltered on the night of the count.

(4) Gives resources to any person found to be living unsheltered on the night of the count, including but not limited to shelter resources, completing paperwork to get the person connected with housing programs, and/or other items such as water or blankets.

Reports to:

KarLee Kearns, Housing Services Manager, [email protected], 319-352-1108 ext 102

Talye Anderson, Homeless Resource Specialist, [email protected], 319-352-1108 ext 108




Late July (Exact Date/Time to be determined)




Volunteers must be at least 18



Support Provided:

  • Volunteers will be briefed during training on safety and information collected during the point in time count.
  • Volunteers will be paired with staff during the point in time count.
  • Volunteers will be provided with resources that can be offered to any individuals surveyed during the count.
  • Volunteers will be reimbursed for mileage.