Winter Weather Donations & Volunteering Multnomah County

Donations | Volunteering


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.

Outreach providers need winter gear they can pass out now, so folks outside are ready for the cold, and to have in reserve during an emergency. 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. 

Below are items currently being requested:


We appreciate folks’ willingness to help provide donations however they can, but the specifications above 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.



Sign-up for a training by clicking here!

Train as a shelter volunteer:
Transition Projects is providing special 90-minute 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, opening spaces at night and offering expanded day services during these events. 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.

What you need to know:
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.

How to sign up:
Use the link above to attend a mandatory training. Please note that you do not have to have attended a Transition Projects volunteer orientation to sign up for this training. 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.