Volunteering

Sign-up for a training by clicking here!

Train as a shelter volunteer:
Transition Projects is providing special 90-minute training sessions for adults 18 and older interested in volunteering at severe weather warming centers. Transition Projects opens and operates the first line of Severe Weather Shelter services (SWS) in Multnomah County, opening spaces at night and offering expanded day services during these events. When severe weather occurs, we need you ready to help vulnerable people get inside and have a safe place to sleep. You may be asked to work alongside Transition Projects staff or alongside staff and volunteers at other shelters that open as need grows over the course of a long severe weather event.

What you need to know:
Shelter volunteer shifts are about as hands-on as this work gets. You should be comfortable working together with people experiencing homelessness, and you should plan to be on your feet and doing active work during these shifts. These shifts take place on the coldest nights of the year, so having reliable transportation in inclement weather is important.

How to sign up:
Use the link above to attend a mandatory training. Please note that you do not have to have attended a Transition Projects volunteer orientation to sign up for this training. Trainings provide an overview of what severe weather shelters are and why we do them; a brief run-through on what to expect, roles, and policies; and some basic de-escalation skills. 


 


 

Donations

DONATE THE RIGHT WINTER GEAR

This page will be updated as 211info is informed of the donation needs of individual shelters.


Outreach providers need winter gear they can pass out now, so folks outside are ready for the cold, and to have in reserve during an emergency. Having the right gear staged in the right places before a crisis will help providers better focus on direct services and life-saving efforts in the moment. Below are items currently being requested as of November 2018:

  • JOIN
    1435 NE 81st Avenue, Suite 100, Portland 97213
    Requested items: Thick socks, Waterproof/resistant gloves or mittens (preferably dark colors/black), Waterproof/resistant winter coats (adults, all sizes), Sleeping bags and warm blankets, Waterproof/resistant hats (preferably dark colors/black), Knit hats (preferably dark colors/black), Tarps (preferably brown, dark colors), Hand warmers, Rain ponchos
    Drop off hours: Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
    JOIN's Winter Gear Amazon Wishlist

  • Transition Projects
    665 NW Hoyt Street, Portland 97209
    Requested items: Thick socks, Waterproof/resistant gloves or mittens (preferably dark colors/black), Waterproof/resistant winter coats (adults, all sizes), Sleeping bags and warm blankets, Waterproof/resistant hats (preferably dark colors/black), Knit hats (preferably dark colors/black), Tarps (preferably brown, dark colors), Hand warmers, Rain ponchos
    Drop off hours: 24 hours day / 7 days per week

  • Rose City Park United Methodist Church (in partnership with Do Good Multnomah)
    5830 NE Alameda Street, Portland 97213
    Requested items: Socks, blankets, pillows, razors, coats, pants, Gifts cards, and TRIMET tickets.
    Drop off hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-7pm 

  • Portland Rescue Mission
    111 W Burnside Street, Portland 97209 or 13207 NE Halsey St, Portland 97230
    Requested items: Socks, coats, gloves, scarves, women’s hygiene products, toothbrushes/toothpaste, travel size toiletries, bottled water
    Drop off hours: Burnside location: Anytime. Halsey location: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

  • Gresham Women’s Shelter
    12350 SE Powell Blvd. Portland, 97236
    Requested items: Towels, twin size bedding, blankets, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razors, non-perishable food items, arts/crafts supplies, hats, scarves, gloves, coats and flip flops, Cat/Dog supplies (toys, harnesses, collars, treats, food), and silverware.
    Drop off hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm
    Gresham Women’s Shelter Amazon Wishlist 

  • Janus Youth Programs
    707 NE Couch Street, Portland 97232
    Requested items: Socks, coats, sleeping bags, blankets, knitted hats, gloves, shoes. Any type of winter gear.
    Drop off hours: 8:30am-430pm, Monday-Friday

  • CityTeam
    526 SE Grand Avenue, Portland 97214
    Requested items: Socks, coats, jeans, sleeping bags, ponchos, tarps, knitted hats, gloves, shoes, etc.
    Drop off hours: Walk in. Call ahead to make sure someone is there to receive items, 503-231-9334

  • Dignity Village
    9401 NE Sunderland Avenue, Portland 97211
    Requested items: Coats, gloves, socks, shoes, scarves, hats, blankets, backpacks, sleeping bags, ponchos, tarps.
    Drop off hours: Walk in. Call ahead to make sure someone is there to receive items, 503-281-1604

  • Family Winter Shelter - operates through April 30th, 2019
    1150 NW 17th Avenue, Portland 97209
    Requested items: Blankets (can be gently used), flat twin sheets (can be gently used), pillows and pillow cases (can be gently used), diapers and wipes (all sizes), new socks and underwear (all ages, all sizes), coats (can be gently used), hats, scarves, gloves (adult and child, can be gently used), cold, allergy, and flu medicine (all ages), travel sized toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, tooth paste, deodorant, hair brush)
    Drop off hours: Walk in. Monday/Wednesday/Friday 5:30pm-7pm. For questions, please contact 503-522-0058
    In-Kind Donations

  • Lents Family Shelter - operates year round
    6102 SE 92nd, Apartment 7, Portland 97266
    Requested items: New socks and underwear (all ages, all sizes), diapers and wipes (all sizes), travel sized toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, tooth paste, deodorant, hair brush), cold, allergy, and flu medicine (all ages), high Efficiency Liquid Laundry Detergent, TriMet Adult Day Passes
    Drop off hours: Walk in. Monday-Friday 3pm-7pm. For questions please contact 971-409-1766.
    In-Kind Donations

We appreciate folks’ willingness to help provide donations however they can, but the specifications above are important, and we strongly encourage you to follow them closely. If the wrong items are dropped off, or even if the right items are dropped off at the wrong place, the logistical challenges that result can take away time and resources from keeping people fed, dry and safe. 

And some items, like home-cooked food, present health challenges around illnesses, allergies and germs -- even from the most well-meaning donors -- and can’t be accepted. In addition, volunteers and others working at shelter sites won’t have the capacity to track, clean and return food containers, flatware and other items left at shelter sites.