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Salt Lake seeks 1,000 volunteers 3rd annual Project Homeless Connect

Betty Dang, of Hair and There, trims Dale Beba’s beard during Project Homeless Connect at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. City leaders and the Community Development Corporation of Utah are looking for 1,000 vo Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — City leaders and the Community Development Corporation of Utah are looking for 1,000 volunteers for the third annual Project Homeless Connect, a one-day, one-stop event that brings together community volunteers to provide services form homeless individuals and families.

The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Volunteer shifts will run between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Interested volunteers can learn more and register by Saturday, Oct. 5, at

Salt Lake City began Project Homeless Connect SLC in 2017. During last year’s event, 844 individuals experiencing homelessness — up from 784 the year before — received services from 98 providers, including haircuts, dental exams, flu shots, vision screenings and housing assistance.

Volunteers will perform a variety of services, including being matched with a client to help “guide” them through the day.

Last year’s event was staffed by 874 event volunteers, up from 525 in 2017. Project Homeless Connect coordinators are hoping to attract 1,000 volunteers this year.

“Project Homeless Connect is more than simply a time to help those in need in our community, it is an opportunity for resident volunteers to make connections with those experiencing homelessness in the community,” Mayor Jackie Biskupski said in a statement. “Each year we see more and more volunteers participating, and more and more clients taking advantage of the offerings, which include convenient services for those who may not be in the shelter or on the street, but simply need access to health care or housing services.”