Help others beat the heat. Volunteer at local cooling centers, misting stations

As temperatures heat up this week, Multnomah County and the City of Portland are welcoming volunteers to help neighbors in need. There are multiple opportunities to help at cooling centers and misting stations today, Aug. 11, through Sunday, Aug 15.

Multnomah County and the City of Portland are seeking volunteers of all kinds. Volunteers who are younger than 18, must be accompanied by an adult. Anyone can step forward and find a role — to support cooling center guests and operations in any number of ways. The work could include anything from handing out meals to setting up cots to directing guests to other community services. Shifts typically last just four hours.

All of our cooling centers operate in compliance with Multnomah County’s COVID-19 safety protocols. The protocols include physical distancing, with face coverings required for volunteers and guests indoors. Please view the signup opportunities below and feel free to share with any friends or loved who may be interested, too: 

Volunteer opportunities 

Cooling Centers 

  • The Portland Building, 1120 S.W.. 5th Ave. (Downtown): Sign up here 

  • Kellogg Middle School, 3330 S.E. 69th Ave. (Southeast Portland): Sign up here 

  • Arbor Lodge 7440 N Denver Ave, Portland, OR 97217: Sign Up Here

Outdoor Misting Stations

  • Glenhaven Park, N.E. 82nd Ave. and Siskiyou St. (Roseway/Madison South): Sign up here 

  • Knott Park, 11456 N.E. Knott St. (Parkrose Heights): Sign up here

  • Mt Scott Park, S.E. 72nd Ave. and Harold St. (Mt. Scott): Sign up here 

  • Lents Park, S.E. Holgate Blvd. and 97th Ave. (Lents): Sign up here 

  • East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave. (Mill Park): Sign up here 

  • Harney Park, S.E. 67th Ave. and Harney St. (Brentwood-Darlington): Sign up here 

Need to find a place to keep cool, or need tips to stay safe in the heat? Visit for a list of cooling centers, misting stations and libraries with extended hours.