Volunteer for the 2018 PiT Count

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What is a PiT Count?

A Point-in-Time (PiT) Count is a snapshot of homelessness in Brantford/Brant County. It is a survey conducted by volunteers that provides a tally of who is homeless on a given day. It indicates where they stay, for how long, and how many times they have been homeless. PiT Counts also gather valuable demographic information such as age, gender, and Indigenous or newcomer status. The PiT Count is anonymous- no names or personal identifiers are collected.

PiT Counts provide crucial information to aid community organizations, funders, and all levels of government to plan for the funding and service needs for people experiencing homelessness in Brant.

For more information about PiT Counts, you can visit:

What is Registry Week? (1 night commitment)

Collecting person-specific data is the key to ending homelessness for our most vulnerable (and often anonymous) homeless neighbours. A Registry Week is a coordinated outreach and triage assessment process to develop actionable data on every person experiencing homelessness.

During the Joint PiT Count & Registry Week, there will also be an event downtown with hot meals, various resources and service providers, traditional Indigenous activities, and activities for kids and youth.


We need volunteers!

Volunteers are essential to a successful Joint PiT Count & Registry Week. Volunteer job descriptions are listed below. Some volunteer positions require training in the mental health field and/or experience working with homeless populations. These jobs are indicated with an asterisk. (*)

Most volunteers will be on a survey team:

Survey Team

Working in a teams of 2 or 3, conducting brief surveys (with the guidance of a Team Lead) with people who are experiencing homelessness. Each team will be assigned to an area in Brantford, where they will walk on a prescribed route for the duration of their shift. This position involves walking outdoors for up to 4 hours.

For those who have specialized training in the mental health services field, and/or direct experience working with individuals experiencing homelessness, there are specialized survey team positions:

Survey Team Lead*

Leading a team in conducting surveys in your assigned area. This position involves walking outdoors.

Specialized Survey Team*

This team will travel with the support of police services to more secluded areas, including under bridges.

Crisis Response Team*

Remaining stationed at Headquarters, your team will be dispatched to any Survey Team needing emergency support for either themselves or a survey participant. This could involve providing mental health support or first aid.

Outreach Team*

Your team will be dispatched to respond to any situation that is beyond the scope of the Survey Team job description. For example, finding housing for participants, giving answers to service questions, finding mental health services for participants. Your team could also be responsible for delivering more care packages to survey teams if they run out.

If you are interested in getting involved but would prefer to remain indoors:


This involves setting up and taking down the event space during the night of the count, and could involve moving tables and equipment.

Food Serving

Serving food items such as soup and bread to all who come to the event during the night of the PiT Count.

Information Booth

Welcoming people to the event, answering questions, and helping visitors get to where they need to be.

Kids/Youth Activities

Helping to run activities for any children and youth who come to the event. This could include running a craft station or supervising a bouncy castle.

Mandatory Training Session Dates

Every volunteer (regardless of whether or not you will be conducting surveys) MUST attend an in-person training session AND complete eLearning module(s). This year, volunteer training sessions will be offered at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, March 6, 1-4pm (Grand River Community Health Centre)

Tuesday, March 6, 6-9pm (Brantford Native Housing)

Thursday March 8, 9am-noon (Grand River Community Health Centre)

Thursday March 8, 6-9pm (Brantford Native Housing)

Saturday March 10, 9am-noon (Grand River Community Health Centre)

Saturday March 10, 1-4pm (Grand River Community Health Centre)


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