Last updated: November 4, 2021

This page is updated in partnership with the Multnomah County Joint Office on Homeless Services. It is updated as 211info is informed of the donation needs of individual organizations.

If you are in Multnomah County and would like to be listed for donation requests on this page, please email support@211info.org

Donate the right gear.

Outreach providers need gear they can pass out now and to have in reserve during cold weather. Having the right gear staged in the right places before a crisis will help providers better focus on direct services and life-saving efforts in the moment. 

The specifications below are important, and we strongly encourage you to follow them closely. If the wrong items are dropped off, or even if the right items are dropped off at the wrong place, the logistical challenges that result can take away time and resources from keeping people fed, dry and safe. 

And some items, like home-cooked food, present health challenges around illnesses, allergies and germs — even from the most well-meaning donors — and can’t be accepted. In addition, volunteers and others working at shelter sites won’t have the capacity to track, clean and return food containers, flatware and other items left at shelter sites.

Some agencies are not accepting walk-in donation drop offs. Please contact the agency directly via their website to coordinate dropping off donations or visit their Amazon Wishlist to have donations shipped directly to the agency if walk-in hours are not specified.

Below are items currently being requested:

Transition Projects
665 NW Hoyt Street, Portland 97209
Requested items: Warm jackets, Raincoats, Pants, Hats, Socks, Shoes, Gloves
Drop off hours: 24 hours day / 7 days per week
Amazon Wishlist

JOIN
1435 NE 81st Avenue, Suite 100, Portland 97213
Requested items: Thick socks, waterproof/resistant gloves or mittens, waterproof/resistant hats, waterproof/resistant hand warmers, waterproof/resistant pants, rain ponchos, tents, sleeping bags, and warm blankets and tarps. Preferably dark colors for all items.
Drop off hours: Wednesday, 10:30am-12:30pm. Must make an appointment to drop off. Sign up here.
Amazon Wishlist

Do Good Multnomah
Requested items: Winter Weather Wear (coats, gloves, hats, scarves), socks, underwear, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, soap, shampoo, twin sheet sets,  bath towels, Amazon and Fred Meyer gift cards
Drop off hours: Please email donations@dogoodmultnomah.org for drop-off coordination and instructions
Amazon Wishlist

All Good Northwest
617 NW Glisan Street, Portland OR 97209
Requested items: hygiene items: shampoo, deodorant, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, shaving cream; warm clothing: socks, underwear; blankets, towels, pet food, cat litter, tents, and tarps
Drop off hours: 24 hours day / 7 days per week: Please call 971-380 -7596 for drop-off coordination and instructions

CityTeam Ministries
526 SE Grand Avenue, Portland 97214
Requested items:
Men’s/women’s coats, gloves, socks
Drop off hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Amazon Wishlist

Union Gospel Mission
3 NW Third Avenue, Portland Oregon, 97209
Requested items: Boots, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, rain jackets/coats, pants, sweat shirts, socks, underwear
Drop off hours: Walk in Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Amazon Wish List

Impact NW
10055 E Burnside Street, Portland 97216
Requested items: Thick socks, Waterproof/resistant gloves or mittens (preferably dark colors/black), Waterproof/resistant winter coats (adults, all sizes), Sleeping bags and warm blankets, Waterproof/resistant hats (preferably dark colors/black), Knit hats (preferably dark colors/black), Tarps (preferably brown, dark colors), Hand warmers, Rain ponchos
Drop off hours: Walk in Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm
Amazon Wishlist – Essential Household Items
Amazon Wishlist – Emergency Items for people living outdoors

NW Pilot Project
Requested items: Pillows, flashlights with batteries, gift cards to Fred Meyer and Safeway, can openers, sauce pans, measuring spoons, serving spoons, and pot holders
Drop off hours: Offices are currently closed to walk-in traffic. Please contact lindseyl@nwpilotproject.org to arrange the drop-off of your donation.
Amazon Wishlist

Portland Street Medicine
Requested items: Winter Items, Handwarmers, Hats, Gloves, Sleeping Bags, Tents, Tarps, Blankets, washed and in good condition, Winter clothes, washed and in good condition
Drop Off Hours: Please mail directly to P.O Box: PO Box 16730 Portland, OR 97292
Amazon Wishlist

Blanchet House of Hospitality
310 NW Glisan Street, Portland OR 97209
Requested items: Warm and waterproof adult items for outdoor sleeping, adult-sized jackets, hats, gloves, socks, tents, tarps, and sleeping bags. Sign up here to volunteer to make sack lunches or care kits.
Drop off hours: Walk in Monday-Saturday, 8am-4:45pm
Amazon Wishlist

Janus Youth Programs
738 NE Davis Street, Portland, OR 97232
Requested items: Socks, underwear, thermal underwear, hand warmers, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, mats, baby wipes, diapers, formula, travel sized hygiene items – soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine hygiene items
Drop Off Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am-4pm, by appointment. Call 503-233-6090 to make appointment

Gresham Women’s Shelter
7740 SE Powell Blvd., Portland 97206
Requested items: Coats, boots and beanies, hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, conditioner and body wash as well as some craft supplies
Drop off hours: Walk in Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Lilac Meadows Family Shelter, operated by Human Solutions
7740 SE Powell Blvd., Portland 97206
Requested items: baby wipes, Baby Wash new socks and underwear all sizes, hygiene products, hair products, brushes, combs, blankets, Gloves.
Drop off hours: Walk in Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Family Village, operated by Portland Homeless Family Solutions – operates year round
6220 SE 92nd Ave., Portland 97266
Requested items: Winter coats and raincoats for all sizes (adult and child), hats, gloves, and scarves (adult and child), new warm socks, new underwear (adult and child), diapers and wipes (all sizes), full sized toiletries (adult and child – shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, razors & shaving cream, toothbrush, tooth paste, deodorant, hair brushes), high efficiency liquid laundry detergent.
Drop off hours: Monday-Friday 9pm-7pm. For questions upon arrival, please contact 971-409-1766

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
Requested items:
hand-warmers, blankets, sleeping bags, tarps, and other gear to help people make it through the cold winter nights
Drop off hours: Please order through Amazon Wishlist below
Amazon Wishlist (requires logging in to an Amazon account)

Train as a shelter volunteer.

Transition Projects is providing special training sessions for adults 18 and older interested in volunteering at severe weather warming centers. Transition Projects opens and operates the first line of Severe Weather Shelter services (SWS) in Multnomah County.

When severe weather occurs, we need you ready to help vulnerable people get inside and have a safe place to sleep. You may be asked to work alongside Transition Projects staff or alongside staff and volunteers at other shelters that open as need grows over the course of a long severe weather event.

Shelter volunteer shifts are about as hands-on as this work gets. You should be comfortable working together with people experiencing homelessness, and you should plan to be on your feet and doing active work during these shifts. These shifts take place on the coldest nights of the year, so having reliable transportation in inclement weather is important.

Ready to get started? Click here to start the process for orientation and training as a volunteer. Trainings provide an overview of what severe weather shelters are and why we do them; a brief run-through on what to expect, roles, and policies; and some basic de-escalation skills.