Beat the heat: Cooling center locations and tips to stay cool

Temperatures are on the rise and not everyone has access to a cool place. Thankfully, there are several free cooling centers that are opening their doors to give people a chance to beat the heat.


Multnomah County for Vulnerable Residents

Multnomah County Department of Human Services’ Aging and Disability Services Division (ADS) will activate its cooling center system for older adults and/or adults with disabilities during extreme temperatures. 

NE PORTLAND: Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave. Portland, 503-288-8303
Friday, July 31st 8:30am-8pm (live music 7pm-8pm)
Saturday, August 1st 4pm-7pm
Sunday, August 2nd 2pm-7pm (live music 3pm-5pm, movie 5pm)

DOWNTOWN: Meals on Wheels People (Elm Court) 1032 SW Main St., Portland, 503-953-8204
Friday, July 31st 8:30am-8pm
Saturday, August 1st 2pm-6pm
Sunday, August 2nd 2pm-6pm

EAST COUNTY: Ambleside Meals on Wheels People, Multnomah County East Building, 600 NE 8th St., Gresham, 503-988-3840
Friday, July 31st 8:30am-8pm
Saturday, August 1st 2pm-6pm
Sunday, August 2nd 2pm-6pm

These centers are for older residents (age 60 and older) or people with special needs. Extended hours are activated based on weather conditions. When the forecast calls for three or more days of 95 degree or greater temperatures, county and community partners evaluate the need for cooling centers. 

Clark & Skamania counties, Washington

Firstenburg Community Center, 700 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver is open during the following hours: 
Monday-Thursday, 5:30am-9pm
Friday, 5:30am-8pm
Saturday, 8am-7pm
Sunday, noon-6pm

Marshall/Luepke Community Center, 1009 McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver is open during the following hours:
Monday-Thursday, 5:30am-9pm
Friday, 5:30am-8pm
Saturday, 7am-7pm
Sunday, closed

Washougal municipal complex at 1701 C Street will be open to provide relief from the expected high temperatures. 
City Hall: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
Washougal Community Center: Monday–Thursday, 9am-3pm
Washougal Library: Saturday, 10am-6pm
Washougal Community Center: Sunday, 2pm-6pm (They could extend from 1pm-9pm if volunteers come forward to staff)

Clackamas County

Sandy Senior Center at 38348 Pioneer Boulevard in Sandy, Oregon is open to the public, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm. For more information, call 503-668-5569.

Lake Oswego Adult Community Center at 505 G Avenue is open. The general public is welcome to come and stay cool. For more information, call 503-635-3758.
Wednesday-Friday, 8am-9pm
Saturday, 9am-9pm
Sunday, 12pm-9pm

Damascus Community Church at 14251 SE Rust Way is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30am-5pm, Saturday 8am-noon during extreme temperatures (reaching 90 degrees).

Winfield Village at 8170 SW Vlahos Drive in Wilsonville is open every day, 10am-5pm, during extreme temperatures with water and snacks available. For more information, call 503-682-0653.

Wilsonville Public Library at 8200 SW Wilsonville Road will be open as a cooling center until 9pm if the temperature reaches 100 degrees. For more information, call 503-682-2744.
Normal hours:
Monday-Thursday, 10am-8pm
Friday-Saturday, 10am-6pm
Sunday, 1pm-6pm

Father’s Heart Street Ministries at 603 12th Street, Oregon City, OR 97045 will be open when temperatures reach 90 degrees. Closed Friday, July 31st. Call for weekend hours: 503-722-9780.

Canby Adult Center at 1250 S Ivy Street, Canby, OR 97013, will be open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. For more information, call 503-266-2970.

Clackamas Service Center at 8800 SE 80th Avenue, Portland, OR 97206 is open to the public. For more information, call 503-771-7914.
Friday 2pm-7pm
Saturday 3:30pm-5:30pm
Sunday 3:30pm-5:30pm

Estacada Community Center at 200 SW Club House Drive, Estacada, OR 97023 is open to the public Monday- Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. For more information, call 503-630-7454.

Molalla Adult Community Center at 315 Kennel Street, Molalla, OR 97038 is open to the public Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. For more information, call 503-829-4214.

Columbia County

Scappoose Senior Center at 33342 SW Meadow Drive will be open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm. For more information, call 503-543-2047.

St. Helens Senior Center at 375 S 15th Street will be open Monday-Friday 9am-3pm. For more information, call 503-397-3377.

Washington County

Community Senior Center of Hillsboro at 750 SE 8th Avenue will be open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. For more information, call 503-648-3823.

Elsie Stuhr Center at 550 SW Hall Boulevard in Beaverton will be open. Call 503-629-6342 for more information.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-9pm
Wednesday and Friday from 7:30am-5pm
Saturday from 9am-5pm

Cedar Hills Recreation Center at 11640 SW Park Way, Portland, OR 97225 will be open. For more information, call 503-629-6340.
Monday through Friday from 6pm-10pm
Saturday from 8am-4pm
Sunday from 10am-4pm 

Safe Place for Youth – Boys and Girls Aid will be open 24/7 for those 19 and younger at 454 SE Washington Street, Hillsboro OR 97123.

Hillsboro Police Department will be opening their doors at 250 SE 10th Avenue Hillsboro, 97123. Call 503-681-6190 questions. Anyone can walk in Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

Tualatin Hills Athletic Center at 15707 SW Walker Road, Beaverton, OR 97006 will be open. Call 503-629-6330 for more information. Anyone can walk in.
Monday-Friday, 6am-10pm
Saturday 8am-10pm
Sunday 10am-10pm

Tualatin Public Library will be open extended hours Friday at 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062. Call 503-691-3074 for more information. Anyone can walk in.
Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm
Sunday 1pm-6pm

Juanita Pohl Center, 8513 SW Tualatin Road (inside Community Park), Tualatin. Tualatin WES Stop # 13069 // Bus 76, Stop #13084.
Friday, July 31, 8am-5pm

Marion County

Salem Public Library at 585 Liberty Street SE in Salem will be open. Call 503-588-6071 for more information.
Tuesday to Thursday from 10am-9pm
Friday and Saturday from 10am-6pm
Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Center 50+ at 2615 Portland Road NE in Salem will be open for those aged 50 and older. Please call or see website for details. 503-588-6303 or

Yamhill County

Yamhill Community Action Partnership (YCAP) at 1317 Dustin Court in McMinnville is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 5pm. There is a Resource Room with a computer and printer, board games, magazines, etc. Air conditioning, restrooms, water. 503-472-0457.

McMinnville Public Library at 225 NW Adams Street is open. 503-435-5562
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am-8pm
Friday from 10am-5pm
Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-5pm
Closed Mondays and Saturday, July 4

Champion Team Drop-In Center at 2215 NE McDonald Lane is open for folks to come in and cool off, drink tea or coffee, play board games, look for housing or work, do crafts, participate in support groups, etc., weekdays from 10am-2pm and Wednesdays from 10am-6pm. This site accepts guests who are 18 years of age or older and identify as having had challenges with addictions, mental illness or other disabilities. For more information, call 503-474-4600.

McMinnville Cooperative Ministries at 544 NE 2nd Street is open. For more information, call 503-472-7736.
Monday-Thursday, 9:30am-9:30pm
Friday-Sunday, hours vary
Coffee and treats from 9:30am-12:30pm

Youth Outreach at 719 E First Street in Newberg is open as a cooling center for youth ages 11-21 Monday through Friday from noon-9pm. 503-538-8023.

Newberg Public Library 503 E Hancock Street Newberg OR 97132 is open. Call 503-538-7323 for more information.
Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-8pm
Wednesday, (June) 10am-5pm, (July & August) 10am-8pm
Friday, 12pm-5pm
Saturday, 10am-3pm

Second Street Community Church 504 E First Street, Newberg, OR 97132 is open Monday and Friday, 9am-1pm. Call 503-537-9761 for more information. This space is restricted to adults, or parent(s) with babies or very young children.

Polk County

Independence Library, 175 Monmouth Street, Monmouth, OR 97351. For more information, call 503-838-1881.
Monday and Thursday, 10am-7pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1pm-7pm
Saturday, 10am-5pm

Monmouth Public Library 168 S Ecols Street, Monmouth, OR 97361 is open. 503-838-1932
Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-8pm
Friday, 10am-6pm
Saturday, 10am-5pm

Monmouth Senior Center 180 S Warren Street, Monmouth, OR 97361 is open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.

Tips to beat the heat

Additional info can be found at the Multnomah County website.

Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke

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Take care of yourself

  • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you are thirsty. Talk to your doctor first if you are on water pills.
  • Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Use air conditioning or a fan.
  • Don’t use a fan to blow extremely hot air on yourself, use it create cross-ventilation.
  • Wear lightweight and loose clothing.
  • Avoid using your stove or oven.

Take care of those around you

  • Check in on elders and vulnerable neighbors during warm weather - twice a day is best.
  • Never leave a person, child or a pet in a hot car.
  • Check regularly on how babies and toddlers, seniors, people taking mental health medications and people with heart disease or high blood pressure are doing. See the symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
  • Share or donate a fan to those in need. 
  • Invite a friend to a splash pad, movie, a mall or museum.

If you must be out in the heat

  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Rest often in shady areas.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat
  • Use sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels) and reapply as directed.
  • Consider packing a couple extra bottles of water, these could be used for you and your family or anyone you see that looks like they could use a cool drink of water.

If you have a pet

  • Provide plenty of shade and water.
  • Never leave them in a car
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Posted on July 28, 2015 and filed under health care.