Clackamas County is offering Warming Center volunteer training to support a network of severe weather warming centers for homeless people on nights when the weather is expected to be dangerously cold. They open when the temperature is predicted to be 33 degrees or lower including wind chill. They may also open when other conditions like wind or flooding make sleeping outdoors especially dangerous. Each shelter site determines by noon if it will open. As the weather gets colder, we will need more volunteers to help at warming centers throughout the county.
Volunteer tasks include the following:
• Signing in guest
• Calling emergency responders in the event of a threat to life or safety (such as a fire)
• Preparing and serving hot beverages or food (depending on the resources available at the shelter)
Volunteers can sign up for a variety of shifts. Dinner provided during the training. More information and online registration available at Warming Centers.