“PIT” Crew Helps with County-wide Homeless Count

Project is a Leadership Medina County Class of 2019 Initiative

Each year in late January, counties nation-wide participate in a count of their citizens, both sheltered and unsheltered, experiencing homelessness.  Known as the Point In Time, or “PIT”, count, the information is used to help the nation document progress towards ending homelessness, and help the county agencies plan for resources needed to help.  Required nationally by HUD (Housing and Urban Development department), the count this year will take place on Tuesday, January 22, in collaboration with the Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Chief Program Officer Debbie Kubena-Yatsko.

In August 2018, Leadership Medina County enjoined a team of ten participants to help with this effort.  Led by Richard Muniak, a director at I.D. Images, LLC, in Brunswick, the team is coordinating volunteers to be trained in helping with the count, organizing events to raise awareness among those experiencing homelessness to be counted, and working to connect homeless persons with resources and services to aid them.

Events planned for January to raise awareness will occur at the Lodi Methodist Church, Brunswick Food Pantry, and Medina Salvation Army.  Volunteers will receive education about how to engage in the PIT count, and bags with items containing blankets, food items, and toiletries will be given away to persons in need during the count as well as at the events.

The team plans to fill and distribute 150 personal care bags. If you would like to donate items for the bags, the following may be dropped off at the Huntington Bank located at the corner of River Styx Road and State Route 18 (3460 Medina Rd, Medina, OH 44256) during business hours by January 7, 2019.

*Please note: Sizes of personal care items should be 12 oz. or less
Shampoo
Soap
Deodorant
Shaving cream and razors
Brush or comb
Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash
Body lotion and lip balm
Tampons and maxi pads
Baby wipes, hand sanitizer
Hand warmers
Mittens and hats
Non-perishables: trail mix, granola bars, hot chocolate, tea bags, oatmeal, snack packs of crackers

PIT Volunteer Sign Up

Project is a Leadership Medina County Class of 2019 Initiative

As you know,each year in late January, counties nation-wide participate in a count of their citizens, both sheltered and unsheltered, experiencing homelessness. Known as the Point In Time, or “PIT”, count, the information is used to help the nation document progress towards ending homelessness, and help the county agencies plan for resources needed to help. Required nationally by HUD (Housing and Urban Development department), the count this year will take place on Tuesday, January 22, in collaboration with the Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Chief Program Officer Debbie Kubena-Yatsko.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the count this year, please use the link below to access the signup genius. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0A4FA5A92FA7FE3-medina  

Please note that the count is divided into four quadrants, please make sure that you are signing up for the correct one. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Joe Zingaro at Josephmzingaro@gmail.com or Richie Muniak at RMuniak@idimages.com

Thank you in advance for your support.

2 Comments

  1. Kelly Parks on December 20, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    I would be interested in helping with PIT. How can I get involved ?

    • Colleen Rice on December 20, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      PIT Volunteer Sign Up
      Project is a Leadership Medina County Class of 2019 Initiative
      As you know,each year in late January, counties nation-wide participate in a count of their citizens, both sheltered and unsheltered, experiencing homelessness. Known as the Point In Time, or “PIT”, count, the information is used to help the nation document progress towards ending homelessness, and help the county agencies plan for resources needed to help. Required nationally by HUD (Housing and Urban Development department), the count this year will take place on Tuesday, January 22, in collaboration with the Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Chief Program Officer Debbie Kubena-Yatsko.
      If you would like to volunteer to help with the count this year, please use the link below to access the signup genius.
      https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0A4FA5A92FA7FE3-medina
      Please note that the count is divided into four quadrants, please make sure that you are signing up for the correct one.
      If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Joe Zingaro at Josephmzingaro@gmail.com or Richie Muniak at RMuniak@idimages.com
      Thank you in advance for your support.

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