Warming Centers need you
Clackamas County supports a network of severe weather warming centers for those who experience homelessness when the weather is expected to be dangerously cold.
These centers open if the temperature is predicted to be 33 degrees or less, including wind chill. They also may open when wind or flooding makes sleeping outside especially dangerous.
This current cold front is expected to continue over the weekend and into this week, which makes these emergency warming centers crucial to providing a place to shelter for people who are homeless. The goal is to keep everyone safe during the extreme weather. Help is needed from volunteers to make that happen.
They need residents to staff shelters and provide help for guest sign-in and monitoring. A monitor needs to be present and awake for a shift during overnight operation—typically four to six hours—ensuring the safety of the guests. The monitor may prepare and distribute hot beverages or food depending on the resources available.
The county prepares and trains all volunteers and pairs new volunteers with seasoned ones during a shift.
Warming centers are crucial for saving lives overnight during severe weather, according to Brenda Durbin, social services director.
"Clackamas County's network of warming centers relies on the kindness and generosity of everyday residents who want to do something tangible to help," Durbin said.