Join Mayor Blakespear for this year's "WeAllCount" of the local homeless population. Volunteers assigned to a team help count and gather information about homeless persons to produce an estimate of the total number of individuals living unsheltered in Encinitas. Every year on the same day, nationwide, volunteers create this official count or census by surveying streets, parks, alleys, hand-built structures, on-ramps and other places not ordinarily used for human habitation. Only by knowing who, why and where people are homeless can we create solutions. WeAllCount helps us understand the scope of homelessness in our region, so we can improve our programs and services to make a lasting impact on this issue. You can learn more about WeAllCount and the campaign here.

Why should you volunteer for #WeAllCount? Here are the top 5 reasons previous volunteers shared for helping with this effort:

Please join us! We need a team of 75 volunteers! Brave the early morning on Friday, January 26, 2017 at 4:00 a.m. The Regional Task Force on the Homeless is the coordinating agency for San Diego County. The meet-up location is The Community Resource Center, 650 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024.

To sign up to volunteer for this effort as part of the Mayor's Challenge, click here. You will be prompted to create a login, and the link to a mandatory 16-minute training video will be sent to you. Use the join code: "Mayor" to join the City of Encinitas/Mayor's Group. You will help "count" so click on the "Counter" training video in the registration email. For any questions, please contact Miranda Mendez (site coordinator) at [email protected] or 760-753-8300 ext 1379.

Sign up today and help us give a voice to the homeless! Thank you for your commitment to ending homelessness in San Diego.