Stand Down event to help homeless vets needs volunteers

Sacramento Stand Down, a three-day effort to help homeless veterans, needs volunteers.

The Stand Down encampment is planned for Sept. 12-14 at Mather Park near the Veterans Administration Hospital. Services provided will include job opportunities, medical and dental attention, post-traumatic stress disorder counseling, legal assistance, job training information, housing information and other services.

“For the first time we will be able to grind prescription eyeglass lenses right on site,” said organizer Randy Smith, a former combat medic who served in Vietnam.

Before the event, organizers need volunteers to sign up. Volunteers are needed on September 8 to help set up the camp, assist during the encampment and then on September 15 and 16 help break down the camp.

During the encampment, volunteers will be needed for administrative duties, to provide security, act as runners and help with meal preparation.

Those interested in volunteering can sign up for a four or eight hour shift at standdownsacramento.org. Volunteers can also call (916) 389-8917 and follow the prompts to the volunteer line.