URGENT: Volunteers Needed to Staff Severe Weather Shelter

Please see the volunteer request below, via  A Home For Everyone


Dear community members,

As we confront what likely will be our community’s most dangerous stretch of severe winter weather in years, we need your help to make sure our neighbors surviving outside can stay safe and warm. What we need most are volunteers to help work shifts at our severe weather shelters.

You can sign up for shifts at both our Arbor Lodge (www.signupgenius.com/go/arborlodgedrc) and Metro Garage (www.signupgenius.com/go/metrogaragedrc) shelter sites. We are particularly in need of overnight shift volunteers. Where you are asked to identify your organizational affiliation, please choose “other” and enter “community volunteer.”

We will be screening guests, staff and volunteers for COVID-19 symptoms at Arbor Lodge. The Metro Garage will not require guest screening because it is a covered open-air facility. However, all staff, volunteers and guests at both sites will be expected to follow physical distancing and masking requirements.

However, if you are feeling sick or if you are in one or more high-risk categories for COVID-19, we would encourage you NOT to volunteer. You can still help out by spreading the word about severe weather shelters, looking out for your neighbors, and donating much-needed cold weather gear through 211info.org/donations. For more information on symptoms and COVID-19 risk categories, please visit Multnomah County’s or the CDC’s websites.

Each shelter site’s signup page provides more information about the work and other requirements. Please review this orientation video and the Disaster Resource Center’s Shelter Packet for Volunteers to learn more about what your volunteer experience will involve. For more information about our COVID-19 safety protocols, please visit this guidance page. Staff will also follow up to provide additional resources and information.

Thank you for stepping forward to serve your most vulnerable neighbors during this crisis.

Follow this link to learn more about Multnomah County's Severe Weather response.

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