Winter Needs at Transition Projects

When temperatures drop, we work extra hard to make sure our our neighbors experiencing homelessness are safe, warm, and dry. As we expand our efforts and open seasonal shelter spaces, our need for donations, meal provision, and volunteer help grows significantly. Community support is essential to these life saving efforts.

Here's three ways you can make a difference this winter season:

1. Host a Donation Drive

Winter brings an ongoing need for jackets, hats and gloves, thermal layers, pants, socks and underwear, and other warm weather clothing. If your work place or community group is interested in hosting a donation drive, you can download more information about how donation drives work here and sign up to receive more details below.

Individual donations can be dropped off at the Bud Clark Commons (665 NW Hoyt St.) as they would any other time of year. More details about drop off locations and the items we can and cannot accept can be found here.

Sign Up to Host a Winter Drive


2. Volunteer at a Severe Weather Shelter

When the temperature drops below 25 degrees, Transition Projects operates Severe Weather Shelter services to make sure as many people as possible have a safe, warm place to sleep.  On these coldest nights of the year, we operate 2 temporary shelter spaces. We staff these shelters on a volunteer basis, and are seeking community volunteers who are comfortable working in a shelter space and willing to be "on-call" for shelter shifts.  

In order to sign up for these shifts, you'll need to first attend a Severe Weather Shelter training. Click the link below to view upcoming training dates. 

Sign Up for a Severe Weather Shelter Training


3. Serve a Holiday Meal at a Shelter

Meals are one of our biggest needs at our seasonal shelters (open nightly). Our winter meal provider program works the same as our normal meal provider program. Read more about delivering sack lunches or hot meals to our shelters.

Sign Up to Serve A Winter Meal


Have other ideas for how to get involved? Please contact Emily Coleman, Volunteer Coordinator, at or (503) 488-7745.

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