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SnowCap Community Charities, schools and other services shuttered Friday due to snow and cold

COURTESY PHOTO: ANDREAS HAIMERL FOR UNSPLASH - Some agencies and activities close in Gresham area because of predicted snow and ice.

With the snow and cold weather, some East County agencies, schools and groups are closing down or altering services for people's safety.

SnowCap Community Charities said their food pantry and donation center are closed Friday, Feb. 12, and all volunteer activities are canceled.

The Boys & Girls Clubs are closed Friday.

Because students are not learning school buildings in the Gresham area, the weather will not halt school. Kids will continue remote learning as usual.

However, the Reynolds School District announced that Friday Feb. 12, meal distribution, supply pickups, athletic conditioning and other activities are all canceled.

Gresham-Barlow School District distributed meal bags to cover five days on Thursday. Gresham-Barlow's nutrition services department plans to resume its daily service on Tuesday Feb. 16, after the President's Day holiday.

Mt. Hood Community College is closed but operating remotely. Any in-person classes are canceled and activities canceled through Saturday, Feb. 13.

The COVID-19 vaccination site at the Oregon Convention Center is closed Friday. People who had appointments will be contacted to reschedule.

State offices are closed in the Portland-metro area, but employees working remotely will work their regular hours.

The Oregon Zoo is closed.

Multnomah County facilities are closed Friday. Library hold pick ups will remain closed over the weekend. In-person health appointments and COVID-19 testing are canceled.

County courthouse buildings are closed and operating remotely.

The county is opening its emergency severe weather shelters Thursday. There are no emergency overnight shelters in East County this winter due to COVID-19 restrictions. But people in need of a short-term warming shelter space can visit the Sunrise Center, 18901 E. Burnside, to temporarily warm up. At the Sunrise Center they can get a free ride to an overnight shelter in Portland. Folks also can call 211 for a ride to an overnight shelter.

Sunrise will also have warm gear such as sleeping bags and tarps available for people who need them.

This story will be updated as other changes are announced.

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