Project Homeless Connect Omaha
Kiewit Fitness Center
Friday, March 22, 2013
What is Project Homeless Connect Omaha?
Project Homeless Connect Omaha is a one-day event that serves as a one-stop shop, connecting homeless individuals in our community to services including: housing, health care, legal resources, employment counseling, haircuts, Social Security, dental care (which has resulted in more than 170 sets of dentures), and more.
Last year, more than 500 guests connected with significant services at Creighton’s Kiewit Fitness Center, assisted by more than 800 volunteers.
Building on the success of the past four years, on Friday, March 22, 2013, (8:00am – 2:30pm for Volunteers; guest intake from 8:30am – 2:00pm), with the support of Creighton President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., Creighton will again host Project Homeless Connect Omaha. The opportunities to engage volunteers, build community, grow research and evaluation efforts and ultimately respond to the homeless in Omaha underscore the value of this partnership.
Creighton Community Opportunities to Volunteer
There are many opportunities for Creighton students, staff, faculty, alumni/ae and friends to volunteer. General volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up, greeting, directing, registering, and serving food, among other positions that help the day flow. Most volunteers will serve as “navigators” and assist guests in filling out a basic intake form and staying with them through the process of accessing services. Health care professionals who can offer their skills are also needed (registration information is provided on the website). Volunteers can sign up to help in the morning, afternoon, or all day. http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/project-homeless-connect-omaha/volunteer-registration/
Creighton University encourages employees to participate as a volunteer for Project Homeless Connect Omaha. This year Creighton has approved staff and faculty to use excused paid time to volunteer at this event. It is important, however, to obtain prior approval from supervisors to ensure departments have the coverage necessary to conduct business.
For more information on Project Homeless Connect Omaha, visit: http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/project-homeless-connect-omaha/volunteer-registration/ (including video reflections). Contact Patrick O’Malley at the Creighton Center for Service and Justice with questions at 280-1290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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