In preparation for the winter season, the Warming Center depends on the assistance of volunteers throughout the community to help staff and operate the shelters. Shelter/s will open between November 15 and March 31 on nights when temperatures drop to 29 degrees or below. The shelter open for guests at 7:00pm and close at 8:00am the following morning. Volunteer teams are organized into three different separate shifts between the hours of 5:00pm to 9:00am when to set up the shelter, provide supervision and oversight during operation and to clean up afterward.
Our goal is to:
- Compile a database of willing volunteers
- Provide basic orientation and training
- Organize various sites and volunteers into “on-call” service teams
- Mobilize service teams into action when temperatures reach 29 degrees or below
Individuals interested in volunteering at a Warming Center must complete a Volunteer Application by completing the Online Form or by downloading a (.pdf) version of the Volunteer Application and other tools from the Download Center. Warming Center volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and must be willing to attend a required Volunteer Orientation session prior to serving. At the conclusion of the training all volunteers will need to complete and sign a Volunteer Agreement Form and a form indicating their availability and contact information.
Basic Shelter Volunteer Shift Schedule
Shift ONE: 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Shift TWO: 10:00 PM – 6:00 AM (usually broken up into sub-shifts)
Shift THREE: 5:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Basic Shelter Schedule
5:00 PM Site Prep: Site Lead and Facility Liaison Report
5:30 PM Set Up: Area Leads Report
6:00 PM Shift ONE Volunteers Report
7:00 PM Shelter Opens for Guests
10:00 PM Shift TWO Volunteers Report. Lights out for Guests.
5:30 AM Shift THREE Volunteers Report
6:00 AM Wake Up Guests
6:30 AM Begin Check-Out Procedures
8:00 AM Close Shelter & Clean Up
9:00 AM Lock Up Facility