Center for Leadership and Community Engagement

Cold Weather Shelter Site Volunteer

Event Description The Cold Weather Shelter is a collaboration with FISH Food Bank and Kittitas County Churches to provide shelter to the homeless during the coldest months of the year. The Cold Weather Shelter is open from November 12th to March 15th, 7:00pm-7:00am. The shelter is housed at a different church each night.
Volunteers will staff the shelter with the following volunteer opportunities. * Screening, 7pm – 8pm: this role requires specialized training and screeners work on a rotation. Screeners greet the guests, ask for their compliance with shelter rules and policies, and check in guests personal items for storage during the duration of their stay. *Hospitality, 6:45pm -10:00pm: help shelter guests settle in, hand out sleeping bags and mats, direct guests to restrooms and refreshments, interact with guests (games, movies, conversation, etc.). *Overnight Supervision, 9:45pm - 6:00am: you do not have to stay awake all night. Volunteers can sleep in shifts but one volunteer must be awake at any given time to do routine guest monitoring/safety checks and be available if needed. You can bring other activities with you (homework, Netflix on a mobile device, books, etc.). *Rise and Shine 5:45am - 7:00am: wake shelter guests and help them gather their belongings, receive and tag sleeping bags and mats for transport, and tidy up after guests depart.

All volunteers must attend an orientation before volunteering, please contact Ben Harbaugh at 509-312-5602.

For more information, contact Ben Harbaugh, Cold Weather Shelter Coordinator at 509-312-5602 or

Event Date From Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 pm to Friday, March 15th 7:00 am

Volunteer Positions

  • Cold Weather Shelter Site Volunteer

    Volunteers will staff the shelter with the following volunteer opportunities: * Screening, 7pm – 8pm *Hospitality, 6:45pm -10:00pm *Overnight Supervision, 9:45pm - 6:00am *Rise and Shine, 5:45am - 7:00am
    • If interested in volunteering for this position, please stop by the CLCE office to create your account and learn how to log your volunteer hours. Thursday, March 14th 2019 until Friday, March 15th 2019 from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am0/5 positions filled