On the evening March 24, the homeless street count I COUNT MTL will send out volunteers, accompanied by team leaders, who will survey the streets of Montréal to meet and count homeless people. If they agree, team members will ask them a few questions to get a better appreciation of homelessness in Montréal.
The YMCAs of Québec begin recruiting today the 600 volunteers and team leaders needed to make this community effort a success. This initiative follows a mandate by the city of Montréal to the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre, in partnership with Convercité and many shelters and organizations involved in homelessness including The YMCAs of Québec, who also manage two homelessness prevention programs, Dialogue and First Stop.
New York, Paris and Brussels and many Canadian cities such as Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary have already conducted this type of survey. This will mark the first such survey for the city which aims to provide Montréal with better tools to help its most vulnerable citizens to exit homelessness.
You can help us by sharing this unique volunteer opportunity through your websites and social networks. Visit our website at icount-mtl.ca to become a volunteer and obtain more details on this first Montréal homeless count.
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About the YMCAs of Québec
The YMCAs of Québec is a charitable organization that builds stronger communities by providing opportunities for everyone to lead fulfilling, active, healthy and engaged lives. Its 10 YMCA centres, International Language School, Ski School, Residence, Camp YMCA Kanawana and its 43 service sites across the province are visited each year by more than 125,000 people. The first YMCA in North America was founded in Montréal in November 1851. The YMCAs of Québec is part of the Canadian network of 50 YMCA associations. For more information, visit ymcaquebec.org or our Facebook and Twitter pages.
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Source : Marie-José LeBlanc – Head, Volunteer Recruitment, I COUNT MTL
Cell. : 514 706-4015 | Email : Marie-Jose.Leblanc@ymcaquebec.org