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Volunteers Needed for Cold-Weather Homeless Shelter

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South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter

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

The S. Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter has opportunities for you to help our neighbors in need between November 2020 and March 2021. 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.

Due to the current public health crisis and pandemic, we are in great need of volunteers willing to fulfill the following roles:

  • Driving (Thursday Evenings and Tuesday Mornings): 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 (GREATEST NEED): the majority of the in-person volunteer work will be as a greeter. Greeters screen our guests for COVID-19, check them into the shelter and collect minimum information and conduct bag and person checks.
  • Cleaning (Mornings): 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.
During the current pandemic, we cannot recommend that anyone 65+ or who is immunocompromised, or is the primary caregiver of someone meeting that criteria volunteer at our facility.

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.

More opportunities with South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter

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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


We'll work with your schedule.


17620 60th Ave. WestLynnwood, WA 98037



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


  • Teens
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-4 hours (PM or AM shifts)
  • Less than 65 years of age and without increased risk of infection due to compromised health.

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