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, sign up for a virtual orientation now.

Register for Orientation


Multnomah County Resources

Severe weather shelters will open Saturday, Dec. 25 at 3 p.m. and remain open 24 hours a day as long as the County meets thresholds it considers unsafe. County staff monitor weather conditions and open severe weather shelters as needed when any of the following thresholds are met:

  • Temperatures are forecast at 25 degrees or below
  • Forecasters predict an inch or more of snow  
  • Overnight temperatures drop below 32 degrees, with an inch of driving rain.
  • Other conditions occur as needed, including severe wind chills or extreme temperature fluctuations.

Check out these additional resources for more information on shelter options, cold weather resources, and more:

Multnomah County Cold Weather Info

211 Info

Winter Emergency Preparedness


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
  • Raincoats
  • 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
Coat Drive
Ops at Severe Weather
Make an Impact

Donate and help us make life-saving resources available to our neighbors experiencing homelessness.