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Volunteers Needed for Cold-Weather Homeless Shelter

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ORGANIZATION: South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 74 people are interested

The S. Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter has opportunities for you to help our neighbors in need between November 2022 and March 2023. On evenings when the temperature dips, it is especially dangerous for people without shelter or unstable shelter (camping or car-camping) to be outside. We are able to open a temporary shelter location on nights like these and provide a dinner and breakfast meal as well as a place to safely sleep indoors.

We continue to be in need of volunteers willing to fulfill the following roles:

  • Team Leading: We have a need to create teams to fill in our schedule. Team Leaders often recruit volunteers and organize their scheduled shift. We will help train anyone willing to take on a leadership role.
  • Driving: we have a large van provided by our partner Trinity Lutheran Church that we use to transport any guests of the shelter who do not come in on bicycles or in cars. Evening drivers pick up guests at specified locations around the city of Lynnwood. Morning drivers drop guests off at these locations.
  • Greeters (PRIORITY): the majority of the in-person volunteer work will be as a greeter. Greeters screen our guests for illness, check them into the shelter and collect minimum information and conduct bag and person checks.
  • Cleaning (Mornings, PRIORITY): The facility that we use will need thorough cleaning each morning as the guests are getting organized to leave the shelter. We need volunteers willing to clean the facility according to CDC guidelines.
  • Overnight Staff (PRIORITY): We require 2 people (ideally a man and a woman) to stay in the shelter overnight for guest safety and fire watch. At least 1 person must be awake at all times, which is why we have 2 staff. Staff receive a stipend for their service.
We require that anyone volunteering be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Hepatitis A and Influenza.

We have established teams that lead each night that you can join, or you can volunteer as a free-agent (willing to work with any of our teams). We are planning to have an orientation meeting via Zoom in late-October and will have all of the details of how the shelter will operate at that time.

Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering! We would love to meet you.

3 Shifts

  • morning / 06:00 AM to 07:30 AM
    This shift will organize the guests to leave the facility, transport them to specified locations and then clean the facility.
  • 05:45 PM to 07:00 AM
    Overnight Shift for Fire watch and guest safety
  • evening / 05:45 PM to 09:00 PM
    This shift will greet guests and conduct a safety screening, meal and beverage distribution and facility cleaning.
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About South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter


17620 60th Ave. W, Lynnwood, WA 98037, US

Mission Statement

Provide a warm welcoming place for people to stay overnight on cold winter nights.


Homeless individuals coming in from the cold for a warm breakfast. Chilled to the bone, red noses, blue fingers. That's how it began in 2008. That's all it took for a couple of individuals working at Trinity Lutheran Church's Saturday morning community breakfast to take action.

Today, more than 1,000 bed-nights are provided for over 100 individuals living in or around the Lynnwood/Edmonds area. Each guest is provided a hot dinner, mattress and blanket, a warm smile, and morning breakfast, any night the temperatures drops below 34 degrees.

We are staffed by volunteers that have a heart for those who suffer and have a special concern for the plight of the homeless. Volunteers come from all walks of life, cultures and economic levels, but their compassion is the binding glue that now has over 150 people involved.

The shelter has moved many times in its short history but has found a wonderful home at the Maple Park Church in Lynnwood. We are eternally grateful to this wonderful organization.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Emergency & Safety
Homeless & Housing
Advocacy & Human Rights, Emergency & Safety, Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 3 shifts


17620 60th Ave. WestLynnwood, WA 98037



  • Bus/Van Driving
  • Operations
  • Housekeeping
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Social Work


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-4 hours (PM or AM shifts) and overnight (from shelter PM open to AM close)
  • Require current vaccinations against COVID-19, Hepatitis A and Influenza

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