Hey buddy, can you spare some time?

Leslie Carlson

It's cold, it's wet, and people are sleeping on the streets. Want to do something about it?

If you've got some time on January 23, Project Homeless Connect is a worthwhile place to spend it. Project Homeless Connect is a one-day event (this is the second in Portland) that brings homeless people together in one place and provides them with dental and medical services, employment counseling, legal advice and shelter and housing information, among other things. Volunteers help link homeless people to these services, many of which are provided onsite.

Volunteers are needed to fill many of the slots on Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum in the morning, the afternoon, or all day. For more information, click here.

  • Crackpot (unverified)

    The photo on their main page is priceless. It receives my "worst dramatization ever" award. Man, you progressive types crack me up, unintentional as that may be.

  • Andy Nelson (unverified)

    I participated in the first Project Homeless Connect last year. And it was the most amazing and meaningful volunteer experience of my life. My job was "intake;" that is, I interviewed people as they arrived to get a sense of what services they needed that day. I saw all types of people -- from hardscrabble faces, to baby's faces, to a guy who looked a lot like me. The needs ran the range, from glasses, to housing, to infant formula, to lunch, to job referrals. This was my first experience in working directly with people who are homeless, and it was really positive. I am volunterring again on Jan. 23. I hope others will feel inspired to join us.

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