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The Red Cross Needs Your Help

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Red Cross is looking for volunteer availability starting today, Dec. 17, through Wednesday, Dec.30

PORTLAND, Ore. – Dec. 17, 2015 – There is a potential need for a large number of volunteers to help in disaster shelters due to the storms throughout the region. 

There are currently seven shelters on standby that the American Red Cross anticipates opening in the upcoming days. Shelters are located throughout the Cascades Region which serves Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Red Cross would like to know who may be available to help staff these shelters. Shelter workers assist in registering clients, serving food, assembling cots, providing information to residents and maintaining shelter and client safety. Training is provided.

The Red Cross is looking for volunteer availability starting today, Dec. 17, through Wednesday, Dec. 30. Anyone who can help can send the dates they are available to Standby teams will be formed and contacted if a shelter opens in their local area.

Please send your name, dates of availability, the city/county where you live and the best phone number to reach you. Shifts are 12 hours long and the Red Cross is looking for volunteers who can commit to doing at least one full shift (more is better!)

Volunteers in the Portland Metro Area: The Red Cross will be holding shelter training for anyone interested in volunteering (this is not a requirement but it is helpful if volunteers have the class before their shift). 

Shelter Fundamentals Training

American Red Cross

3131 N. Vancouver Ave

Portland, OR 97227

Thursday, Dec.17, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

There is also an online sheltering training course available through

Please forward this information to local community groups and individuals who may be interested in assisting with this response. If you have questions, please email and thank you in advance for your assistance.