Donate the Right Gear

Outreach providers need gear they can pass out now and have in reserve to distribute during cold weather. Having the right gear staged in the right places before a crisis helps providers better focus on direct services and life-saving efforts in the moment. Please visit for the most up-to-date information on what gear is needed where and instructions for dropping them off. 

Severe Weather Shelter Volunteer  

Severe weather shelters open when certain weather thresholds are met, and they need community support to operate. So prepare now for the next time a storm hits.

Anyone interested in volunteering at these sites can complete the first video listed in this virtual training: Get Really Prepared: Disaster Resource Center Videos. At a minimum, volunteers should watch the Portland NET/TPI Intro to Warming Shelters (10 min video).

Severe Weather Shelter Volunteers with TPI

Community partner organization Transition Projects’ Severe Weather Shelters open when temperatures reach 25° or lower, or when there is an accumulation of snow, ice, or freezing rain. These shelters operate when the conditions pose an immediate danger to our unsheltered neighbors. Running these life-saving shelters would not be possible without community volunteers. Volunteers work alongside staff to set up, welcome, and support our shelter guests overnight, and reset the space in the morning.

What you need to know

Volunteers MUST be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to work Severe Weather Shelter shifts. Before signing up for a Severe Weather Shelter shift, email your scanned COVID-19 vaccination card to Transition Projects Cold Weather Support.

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.