FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Raleigh Wake Partnership Seeks Essential Items for 2022 Homeless Point in Time Count
Call for Donations
January 03, 2022 — The Raleigh Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness (Partnership) seeks donations and volunteers to help conduct the 2022 Point in Time (PIT) Count, a count of people experiencing homelessness in Wake County, taking place on January 26, 2022.
During the count, teams of street outreach workers and volunteers will visit encampments, outreach centers, and areas of common congregation to look for people experiencing homelessness. They will conduct a PIT survey on their smartphone and give the person a backpack of essential items.
Become an Ally in Ending Homelessness
There are different options for individuals, groups, and families to be an ally during the PIT Count.
“The Homeless Point in Time Count is a community-wide effort and opportunity for Wake County’s residents, faith communities, and businesses to actively contribute and learn about the people who are experiencing homelessness in Wake County,” said Jenn Von Egidy, Chief Strategy Officer at the Partnership.
To be an ally you don’t have to understand what it feels like to experience homelessness or be a part of a marginalized community. Being an ally means you are committed to systemic change and hold a belief that ending homelessness is possible. “The PIT Count is critical to our strategic plan for ending homelessness. Anyone can plug in and become an ally. Anyone can be a part of the solution,” said Von Egidy.
Donate to the Backpack Drive
Our biggest need right now is securing 500 backpacks and the items to go in them. The teams conducting the PIT Count will be distributing backpacks of essential items to each person experiencing homelessness they meet.
You can help by donating items from this specific list below or pre-packing bags filled with the following items:
- First aid kits
- Face masks
- Hand warmers
- Rain poncho
- Mylar blanket
- $5 McDonald Gift Card (donate outside of bags, so outreach teams can give in-hand)
Donations can be dropped off at the following locations through January 14, 2022:
Healing Transitions Women’s Campus
3304 Glen Royal Rd., Raleigh
TowneBank, Raleigh Branch
3535 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh
Cary Fire Department – Station 5
2101 High House Rd., Cary
Cary Fire Department – Station 7
6900 Carpenter Fire Station Rd., Cary
Cary Fire Department – Station 9
1427 Walnut St, Cary
Raleigh Police Department – Downtown District (through January 7, 2022)
218 W. Cabarrus St., Raleigh
Raleigh Police Department – North District (through January 7, 2022)
6716 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh
There are different opportunities for families, groups and individuals. Learn more about volunteer and donation opportunities on our Point In Time Count!
PIT relevant questions can be directed to Jenn Von Egidy, Chief Strategy Officer with the Partnership by phone at 919.443.0098 x1001.
About The Raleigh Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness
The Raleigh Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness (Partnership) leads a collaborative network of community partners focused on solutions to end and prevent homelessness in our community. The Partnership’s mission is to leverage the power of community to address systemic causes of homelessness through coordinated response, education, data, and advocacy, so every Wake County resident can have safe and affordable housing. Learn more about our Impact in the Community and make a monetary investment in ending homelessness today with your donation! Together we can make a difference in our community!
About The Raleigh Wake Continuum of Care (CoC)
The Raleigh Wake County CoC plans, develops, and implements comprehensive and coordinated strategies across funding sources and systems to address homelessness in Raleigh/Wake County. The CoC is governed by a board composed of community members invested in the issue of homelessness. The CoC Board is an independent entity, but is not incorporated, so must appoint a local entity to conduct business on behalf of the Board and CoC at large. The Raleigh Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness is appointed as the Lead Agency, Collaborative Applicant, HMIS Administrator, and Coordinated Access System Lead. To find out more about our work, visit https://wakecoc.org/.