The Street Census is Winnipeg’s Point-in-Time Count: a survey used to gather info

on homelessness by communities across Canada and around the world. The Street

Census takes a one-day snapshot of homelessness. This contributes to a national

picture, advances local knowledge, and helps identify service needs, so that

policies and programs can be more effective in preventing and ending

homelessness. Be part of the volunteer team for Winnipeg’s Street Census on

April 8, 2020!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a surveyor for the Winnipeg Street Census 2020. Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a Winnipeg Street Census volunteer. Once you complete the form, click the Continue button at the bottom, and you will be contacted by a Winnipeg Street Census Committee Member to confirm and coordinate your volunteering. We look forward to working with you!

Volunteer Requirements:

Volunteers do not have to have experience working with people who are experiencing homelessness, though this is an asset. We are looking for volunteers who have strong English communication skills, are good listeners and are non-judgmental. Volunteers must be 18 or older and can come with a friend or on their own (we will match them with a team). We have a set number of honorariums available for people with lived experience of homelessness who want to be involved.

Name and address

Demographic Information

You may optionally provide the following information. It is used only to help us get a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers. Please feel free to share if you identify with any of the following communities 2SLGBQ, 2S/Trans/gender diverse, First Nations/Metis/Inuit, people of colour, persons living with disabilities along with age and education. All volunteers, survey respondents and staff will be treated with respect and dignity in a positive, inclusive and safe environment.

Emergency Contact

Please list one emergency contact below.

Are you a returning volunteer?

This is the 3rd Winnipeg Street Census. The first was 2015, and the last one was in 2018. Please indicate which year you have previously volunteered.

Email Preferences

We like to keep volunteers informed of important news, schedules, and volunteer opportunities by email, however will not send you any email you prefer not to receive. Use the checkboxes below to select the kinds of email you would like to receive from us.


Please indicate your general availability by selecting all that you are available for.

Note: Morning shifts may begin as early as 7am, and the latest shift may end as late as 10pm but vary for the starting/ending times. You may list more than one general time frame. All shifts will be confirmed via email after coordinating with a staff.

Please indicate if you would like to volunteer alongside another applicant. We cannot guarantee this, but we will do our best to pair you up and meet your request.

Are you someone with lived experience?

Please let us know if you have lived experience, meaning that you have experienced a form of homelessness in your lifetime.

Experience in the Community Development Sector

We are looking for Team Leads who will be appointed the walking routes and receive additional training to oversee up to 5 fellow volunteers. Team leaders should be willing to be the point of contact between the volunteers and any staff that are on site at the survey location (in the case of static locations with staff) and should also feel comfortable speaking with unstable or distressed individuals. Experience in any of the relevant fields listed below is beneficial but not necessary.

-Shelter worker

-Drop-in Center

-Street Outreach worker

-Inner city clinic nurse

-Social Worker (experienced with marginalized people)

-ER Nurse

-Shelter volunteer with significant direct contact experience

Volunteer Role

There are two different types of Surveyor Volunteers, Please indicate which surveyor role you are applying for.

Surveyor: Volunteers will walk the mapping routes, and in a team or pair will conduct the survey with willing respondents.

Base Site Surveyors: *Limited Availability* Volunteers will be stationed at partnering base sites to conduct the survey with willing respondents. Provide fellow volunteers with more surveys/supplies.

Accessibility and Accomodations

Surveyor volunteers will be outdoors and on the move for their shifts; Base Site volunteers will be indoors; these roles require reading paper forms. Please consider letting us know where you would prefer to be placed as we would like to best match you in your volunteer role so you have a great experience. Thank you.

How did you hear about this volunteer opportunity?

Why Volunteer?

Please tell us why you would like to volunteer with the Winnipeg Street Census 2020. Thank you.

Volunteer Agreement Winnipeg Street Census

Code of Conduct and Respect

Volunteers are expected to uphold the Code of Conduct at all times when carrying out their duties and interactions. Compliance with the Code of Conduct is one condition of your involvement with us and should be regarded as a minimum standard which you should work to. Volunteers are advocates and ambassadors of the Winnipeg Street Census so please remain professional at all times.

Treat all volunteers and people you meet with respect, courtesy and dignity.

Harassment of others because of race, nationality, age, gender, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or disability is prohibited.

All volunteers are strictly prohibited from sexually harassing or making improper advances towards another person. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome or unsolicited verbal, physical, or sexual conduct creating an intimidating or offensive environment.

People from all cultural, religious and political backgrounds are welcome to volunteer with us. But you are not allowed to use our serving projects to push your religious or political views on others.

Consumption of alcohol, illegal drugs or other performance-enhancing substances prior to and/or during your time volunteering with us is not allowed.

Do not take any photos of people completing the survey. Respect people’s right to privacy and maintain confidentiality at all times. You can take photos of the volunteer team in action (if they agree too) and if you want to share it on social media you have to ask permission from the individuals on the photo.

It is important that volunteers dress in a modest way, to be able to work safely and comfortably, please be aware that how you dress on April 8th when conducting the survey is weather dependent. We recommend that you wear comfortable and warm clothing whilst volunteering with us.

Confidentiality and Privacy

While volunteering for the Winnipeg Street Census, I will respect all information learned and maintain confidentiality at

all times. Any information I may overhear while volunteering will be held in the strictest of confidence.

This includes but is not limited to:

• Verbal exchanges between volunteers, people we survey or staff

• Personal information shared or displayed on a computer screen

• Financial information.

I will not take photos to share on personal social media platforms, unless approved.

I understand that Volunteers are not authorized at any time to speak to media on behalf of the Winnipeg Street Census unless designated to do so by a staff.

Release Waiver

I, the Volunteer, release and forever discharge and hold harmless Winnipeg Street Census and assigns from any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, which arise or may hereafter arise from the services I provide to Winnipeg Street Census. I understand and acknowledge that this release discharges Winnipeg Street Census from any liability or claim that I may have against Winnipeg Street Census with respect to bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, or property damage that may result while volunteering.

As a volunteer with Winnipeg Street Census I understand that I may be photographed, filmed, or videotaped and I hereby give Winnipeg Street Census the unqualified right to take pictures and/or recordings of myself and grant the perpetual right to use my likeness, image, photo (collectively, “image”), without compensation, for broadcast or exhibition in any medium and to put the finished pictures/recordings to any legitimate use without limitation or reservation to promote Winnipeg Street Census. I hereby waive, release and forever discharge Winnipeg Street Census and against any and all claims or actions arising out of or resulting from any use of my image should it be used.


I understand that failure to comply with the terms of this agreement may result in suspension from

my volunteer duties and/or termination of my volunteer relationship with Winnipeg Street Census.