Emergency Warming Center Activated December 20–December 26; Volunteers Needed

Update December 26, 2017: The center is now closed until the next appropriate weather event.

The Community Action Agency (CAA) is opening an emergency warming center for guests at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20. It will be located at the First Presbyterian Church, 770 Chemeketa St. NE. The emergency warming center will be active through December 26 and will be extended as needed.

Volunteers needed

The center requires 32 volunteers every night—divided into three shifts:

  • 7:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
  • 11:15 p.m.–3:30 a.m.
  • 3:15 a.m.–7:30 a.m.

Volunteers who are not already trained by the CAA must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years old or older

  • Read the volunteer manual and sign the Volunteer Expectation, Confidentiality & Waiver Agreement and provide that to the shift lead on their first shift

  • All volunteers must sign up online—no walk-ins: http://signup.com/go/hNbLxrm

  • Volunteers that have not been trained will be teamed up with a trained volunteer on their shifts

Warming center donations

Those looking to donate items from the needs list below may bring them to Community Action Agency, 2475 Center St. N.E. Salem, OR 97301, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

All items are tax deductible and a donation receipt will be provided. Monetary donations are also accepted, or you can give online at www.mycommunityaction.org. If you have any questions please email Amy Schroeder at [email protected] or call 503-585-6232, ext. 1102.

Below is a list of items needed, in the order of most needed. The CAA will only be accepting items from the list below:

  1. Decaffeinated coffee
  2. Large size heavy duty garbage bags (black)
  3. Disinfecting cleaning wipes
  4. Masking tape (1 ½ - 2 inches)
  5. Paper coffee cups - 10 oz. (no lids)
  6. Cans of powdered creamer (16 oz. or smaller)
  7. Sugar packets
  8. Bouillon cubes
  9. Sugar-free hot cocoa packets
  10. Paper napkins
  11. Hand sanitizer
  12. Antibacterial hand wipes (20-packs and individual)

Various adult size clothing. Gently worn is acceptable:

  1. Gloves
  2. Knit hats
  3. Thick cotton athletic socks
  4. Scarves
  5. Warm coats

Please contact the Community Action Agency at 503-585-6232 for additional information.

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