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Volunteers needed for census of Panhandle's homeless population

January 04, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The national point-in-time homeless count in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle will take place in Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties from 4 p.m. Jan. 24 to 4 p.m. Jan. 25.

The local count is sponsored by the Housing Work Group of the Health and Human Service Collaborative. Data collected are used to secure federal funding to prevent homelessness and to assist those in need, according to a news release from the organization.

Volunteers are needed to work a two- or four-hour shift to assist homeless people to complete the survey. Volunteer training is required and will be provided on:

• Monday, Jan. 9, at 4 p.m. at Berkeley County Department of Health and Human Resources, Mid-Atlantic Parkway, Martinsburg.

• Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. at Charles Town Baptist Church, 211 E. Congress St., Charles Town.

• Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. at Morgan County Starting Points, 292 N. Washington St., Berkeley Springs.

For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Lyons at jlyons@telamon.org or 304-263-0916.

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