RICHMOND -- Contra Costa County seeks volunteers to assist homeless people during Project Homeless Connect 2014 in Richmond on Aug. 6.

The annual, daylong event routinely draws more than 1,000 homeless people who receive food, medical and dental care, haircuts, pet care, shelter and many other services. Hundreds of volunteer "ambassadors" engage with the program's participants, providing services, staffing tables, serving meals, distributing donations and ensuring that lines move smoothly.

This year's event is coordinated by the Contra Costa Health Services Department's Behavioral Health Division and co-sponsored by the city of Richmond and Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

Anyone 18 or older can sign up. No special skills are required. Training and instructions will be provided.

Volunteers are needed for setup from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 5, the day before the event; and for a half-day shift from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or a full-day shift from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6, the day of the event. Meals will be provided on Aug. 6.

The event will be based at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond.

To volunteer or learn more, visit cchealth.org/homeless/phc or call 925-313-7700.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760. Follow him at Twitter.com/tomlochner.



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