Cold Weather Support

As the weather gets colder, your support makes all the difference to those we serve.

There are so many ways to get involved this winter! From serving a meal during the holiday season to volunteering at a Severe Weather Shelter, there is a way for everyone to support our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

 

Severe Weather Shelter Volunteers Needed!

In addition to the year-round shelters we operate, our Severe Weather Shelters open when temperatures reach 25° or lower, or when there is an accumulation of snow, ice, or freezing rain. These shelters operate when the conditions pose an immediate danger to our unsheltered neighbors. We rely on our community of volunteers to help run these life-saving shelters. Volunteers work alongside staff to set up, welcome and support our shelter guests overnight, and reset the space in the morning.

If you’re interested in helping at a Severe Weather Shelter this year, you must attend a virtual orientation!

*Please Note: Even if you have volunteered at a Severe Weather Shelter before, orientation is mandatory, as we have new COVID-19 protocols in place.

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Host a Donation Drive

Host a donation drive to gather coats and warm clothing for our neighbors in need. This year, we've even introduced a digital drive option so you can mobilize your network remotely by using our ready-made campaign materials.

Get Started Today

 

Donate Warm Clothing

Items to help our unhoused neighbors survive the cold can be purchased off our Amazon Wish List for quick and easy delivery. Donations of new and gently used clothing are also accepted 24/7 at 665 NW Hoyt Street.

We are in urgent need of the following items:

  • Warm jackets
  • Rain coats
  • Pants
  • Hats
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Gloves

View our Amazon Wish List

 

Provide a Meal this Winter

Did you know that our volunteers provided over 100,000 meals for our participants last year? Be part of this community of changemakers by cooking for our neighbors in shelter this holiday season! There are so many crowd-pleasing dishes that you can prepare at home. Whether you decide to make a meal as a household, with your faith-based community, or as part of our new potluck meal team, you will make a difference!

Get Started as a Meal Provider

Volunteers at Severe Weather
Truckload of Coats
Volunteers at SWS