Staff & Volunteer Orientation
New for 2021-22 SWS Season: All Staff & Volunteers MUST be completely vaccinated for COVID to work SWS shifts. For Staff, you must provide a completed vaccine card to HR; Volunteers need to scan/photo and email you COVID vaccine card to [email protected] before signing up for a SWS shift.
With the COVID risk, we are using Teams for Orientations this year. If you did a SWS-Orientation last year, you will not need to do so this year, but are still welcome to sign up. Please have either installed beforehand or be at computer able to open Teams. You will need a functioning microphone, speaker and camera for these trainings, or use the Teams app through your smartphone.
When we experience inclement weather in our county, we refer to it as Severe Weather. This is when the conditions outside have reached 25 degrees or lower, there is an accumulation of snow and/or ice, or 32 degrees with at least an inch of rain overnight; any of these conditions lasting 4+ hours. These conditions pose an immediate danger to the wellfare of those unsheltered, especially those with physical or mental health conditions, where the extreme shifts in temperature make the more vulnerable.
Orientation will give you an overview of what to expect in shelter operations, meet other shelter volunteers and ask questions. Orientation is mandatory for all volunteers and staff new to Severe Weather Shelter operations in COVID-era.
All volunteers will be vetted and background checked. If you have not yet done this, please contact Emily Coleman, at [email protected], or call 503.488.7745, to begin that process before proceeding.
2:00pm - 3:30pm PST