Please Help: Homeless Organizations Are Dangerously Low on Cold Weather Gear

By Matt Kinshella

The recent cold snap has depleted supplies, primarily blankets, at several nonprofit agencies.

Community partners, who already perform extraordinary work with limited resources, stretched those resources even further to open volunteer-staffed emergency shelters and to distribute blankets and winter gear.

For information about how to give and how to volunteer, check out the listings below or dial 2-1-1.

Red Cross Volunteers 

Click here to fill out a volunteer application for the Red Cross Emergency Shelter. 


Special alert: St Francis Dining Hall has opened as an emergency shelter for this weekend and badly needs blankets and gloves. Please bring donations to St Francis at 330 SE 11th Avenue in Portland.


  • Adult socks
  • Gloves
  • Adult men’s and women’s underwear (all sizes)
  • Tarps
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags

You can drop donations off Monday - Friday 10am to 3pm. Otherwise call (503) 232-7052 ext 204.

1435 NE 81st Ave.
Portland, OR 97213

2) Janus Youth Programs

Folks can bring donations to the Janus Youth administrative offices located at 707 NE Couch Street, Monday- Friday 9am-5pm. Over the weekend they must call the Access Center at (503) 432-3986 between 8am and 6pm to arrange a delivery to our downtown shelter building.

They’re most in need of blankets, sleeping bags, socks, warm hats and warm gloves (preferably in darker colors).

3) Street Roots

Street Roots vendors are in need of little hotties hand warmers, socks, gloves, hats and scarves. 

You can drop them off at:

211 NW Davis St.
Portland, OR 97209-3922


M-F 7:30-3
Sat 7:30-2
Sun 7:30-11

4) Human Solutions

If you are interested in getting a group together and help with a meal for the Winter Family Shelter, please connect with Kristi (503-730-4754).

Click here to view the Google calendar we use for coordinating the meals. If a blue box shows busy or has a name in it we have a meal for that day. Take a look and find a date that works for your group. 

Thank you for your help, we are serving 40-60 meal each night to homeless families who would not have a hot meal without volunteers like you.

5) Transition Projects

TPI is in need of larger coats, gloves, hats, socks, blankets, coats and warm clothing in general. You can donate 24/7 at 665 NW Hoyt, Portland.

Outside of Multnomah County

6) C-WISH Community Shelter

Clients could use warm winter gloves of all sizes. And, women's, men's and youth's underwear (boxers or briefs/all sizes). As well as long-johns (all sizes).  

Generous gifters contact Nese Delzell ( for delivery/pick-up arrangements.

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