Participants sought for Jewish Volunteer Day

More than 1,000 volunteers are expected at the fourth annual Jewish Volunteer Day at Project Homeless Connect — but there is room for plenty more.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 8 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. People in need can come into the arena and get an array of assistance, services and information.

Project Homeless Connect puts on these bazaars once every two months, with various agencies, groups and individuals coming together as volunteers.

For the upcoming event, 13 Jewish community agencies and synagogues — spearheaded by the S.F.-based Jewish Community Relations Council — have signed up as co-sponsors, and additional members of the Bay Area Jewish community are being encouraged to take part.

Participants can expect to assist those in need in one of many different ways, such as: escorting people into the auditorium; helping to provide food packages; completing satisfaction surveys with clients; or engaging in specialized services (medical, dental, legal) with clients.

Even if people can’t make it to the event, they can contribute by donating unopened toiletries (shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, etc.) to make hygiene kits for the homeless. Clean blankets will also be collected and distributed.

All donations must be delivered by Dec. 6 to the JCRC, 121 Steuart St., S.F., or to Brandeis Hillel Day School, 655 Brotherhood Way, S.F.

For more information on volunteering or donating, contact Laurene Bounaud at (415) 977-7444 or