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2018 PIT Count Volunteer Registration

Thank you for volunteering to be an enumerator for the 2018 Point in Time (PIT) Homeless Count in Fort McMurray. This year's count will take place on Wednesday, April 11

Please read through the content of this page before filling out the registration form. Our number one priority is public safety, so you will never be walking alone during the PIT Count. 

Duties of the Volunteer Enumerator

  • Survey pick-up and supper will take place at Jubilee Plaza (9909 Franklin Avenue) from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • The main duty of an enumerator is surveying people at locations where homeless people might be found during the hours of 7 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
  • Volunteers are required to navigate on foot through the streets of Fort McMurray for up to four hours, therefore should be physically able to do so.
  • Volunteers must be fluent in English.
  • Volunteers will be paired off and assigned a walking route where they will conduct the count.
  • Some routes may require the use of a vehicle to access them.
  • Each team (pair) will be provided with a map of their route and tools to record basic demographic information.
  • Reflective vests, clipboards, and pens will be provided.

Comfort and Communication Tips

  • You will be walking, standing and moving for the majority of the count. Please make sure you wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes.
  • You will be outside, so dress for the weather on the day of the count.
  • We will be going ahead with the count regardless of the temperature and weather conditions, so please be prepared!
  • Please do not bring anything that may inhibit your ability to do the count with you, such as big purses or backpacks. Remember to leave valuables at home as well.
  • We will be asking volunteers to leave their cell phone numbers with the base site coordinator upon departing for their count route. This will help us to keep in contact with volunteers while they are conducting the survey.


Volunteers are responsible for:

  • Approaching everyone you meet on the street (regardless of their appearance).
  • Identifying yourself as a volunteer doing a survey on homelessness.
  • Reporting any concerns you may have to your base site coordinator or count coordinator.
  • Directing any questions/uncertainties you have to your count coordinator.
  • Asking the survey questions.
  • Staying with your count partner.

You are not responsible for:

  • Responding to someone on the street’s concerns or comments.
  • Providing answers to questions about housing or services from someone on the street.
  • Responding to panhandling requests.
  • Finding someone a place to stay.
  • Going somewhere with someone being counted (perhaps to show you where/how they are living).
  • Venturing off of your “specified street route”; or going solo.
  • Providing personal opinions about issues raised by the person being counted (you can listen to what they say).
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Are you over the age of 18? (Please note, our volunteers for the PIT Count must be over the age of 18)
Do you agree with the volunteer duties and responsibilities listed above?
Would you like to be paired with anyone in particular for the PIT Count? If so, please share their name below.
Are you fluent in any other languages?
Are you certified in First Aid?
Volunteers must attend one of two orientation sessions prior to the Point in Time Count. Should either of these times not work for you, please let us know as soon as possible.

When: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Where: Syncrude Athletic Park, 101 Cartier Road

Please select your preferred training session time:


The personal information on the volunteer application is collected under the authority of section 33(c) of Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. It will be used to process and evaluate your application to be a volunteer and to contact you if necessary. If you have questions about the use of your personal information you may contact Cait Evans, 9909 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray, Alberta or 780-743-7954.

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