Young Adult Extreme Winter Weather Shelter

The Homeless Network of Yakima County has multiple partners and members who are actively looking for volunteers - click on the links below for more information.

YVCOG - iCount Yakima County
Program: 2019 Homeless Point-in-Time Census
Type of Volunteer:

  • Surveying neighbors who are homeless on location at agencies throughout the county and Yakama Nation.
  • Surveying neighbors who are homeless in unsheltered locations throughout the county.
  • Supporting project staff with volunteer check-in and check-out and administrative tasks.

Description:  The Homeless Point-in-Time count serves as a one-day focused attempt to connect with neighbors who are homeless throughout Yakima County and the Yakama Nation to glean some insights into the make-up of who these individuals and households are that are struggling to find housing stability and the causes of their circumstances. The census data is is compiled into a report providing statistical insights that can be reviewed by policy makers, community members and social service agencies in an effort to support folks in finding stability. This is also an opportunity to make a human connection with neighbors who are homeless and share with them that they are part of our community through conversation and listening.
Days and Times: Thursday, January 24 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Requirments: Minimum 2 hour availability - preferably with ability to stand / walk during that time.  Go to to sign-up to volunteer
Contact: For more information contact: Aaron Rodriguez Josh Brown at

American Red Cross

Program: Disaster Response
Type of Volunteer: Varied
Description:  Help people affected by disasters ranging from home fires to hurricanes  by providing food, shelter, essential relief supplies and comfort and hope.
Days and Times: Varied
Training: Yes
Contact: 509-316-1845

OIC of Washington

Program: OIC Food Bank

Type of Volunteer: Food Bank Worker

Description:  Help OIC of Washington work with food bank staff to provide assistance in distribution of food. Responsibilities include preparing the food bank so that visitors can be served efficiently during the distribution hours.

Days and Times: Help needed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Requirements: Volunteers will need to fill out an agency volunteer application and have a criminal background check. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of once a week for three months.

Training: Yes

Contact: Call Sirena at 509-574-1933.

People For People

Program: Meals on Wheels

Type of Volunteer: Driver

Description: People for People Meals-On-Wheels needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound seniors.  Training provided.  Call Sirena at 509-574-1933.

Days and Times: Volunteers needed Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and/or Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m..

Requirements: Current driver’s license and insurance; copy of Washington State Patrol driving record; food handler’s card (agency will pay); ability to lift 25 pounds. Volunteers must have a background check and drug test.

Training: Yes

Contact: Call Sirena at 509-574-1933.

Program: Meals on Wheels

Type of Volunteer: Packaging Food

Description: Volunteers would assist in packing meals for the home-delivery program and help prepare food at the Henry Beauchamp Community Center.

Days and Times:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and/or Friday from 7-10 a.m..

Requirements: Contact for more information

Training: Yes
Contact: Call Sirena at 509-574-1933.

Rod's House

Description: If you are interested in working directly with youth, Rod's House needs volunteers to help with afternoon drop-in hours by serving meals, supervising the pantry/clothing room, and spending time with youth.  They also need volunteers to help with facility maintenance, fundraising, housekeeping, organizing, sorting donations, and other projects that keep Rod's House running smoothly.  

Notes: Volunteers who come into contact with Youth and Young Adults will need to complete a Washington State Patrol Background Check and attend an orientation.


Yakima County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Program: Court Appointed Special Advocates
Type of Volunteer: Advocate for children in the foster care system
Description: CASA volunteers advocate within the dependency court system for the best interests of children removed from their caregivers' homes due to allegations of abuse and/or neglect.
Days and Times:  A case requires about 10 - 15 hours per month. Most hours will be on the volunteer's schedule. We ask that a CASA volunteer remain as the child's advocate until the court case is completed, approximately 18 months.
Requirements: Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older and pass criminal and CPS background checks.
Training: Yes - A volunteer will be required to complete 30 hours of initial training and receive ongoing support from a supervisor.
Contact: Call 509-574-1141 or email:  

There are multiple opportunities to volunteer based on your interest and availability.  All volunteers who come into contact with the young adults must be able to pass a Washington State Patrol background check.

Rod's House Hosts

The young adults staying at the shelter will check-in at Rod's House.  They are extending their hours during the Shelter Season and must have two staff on site at all times. If you are interested in being a host, but cannot commit to staying the night, this might be a good option for you.  This is a great way to learn more about Rod's House and the valuable work they do in the community.

Hours – 6pm to 9pm.

Shelter Hosts

We require three volunteers a night to stay at the shelter to ensure guest safety.  Typically, two are on duty and one can sleep in a secure room in shifts.  Shelter Hosts will receive training and support throughout the project.  Find two more of your friends or co-workers and serve together. Since this is a co-ed shelter, couples can serve together.   You can serve one night a week or just one time - whatever works best for you. 

Hours – 8pm to 7am.

Breakfast Partners

Last year we had a group of volunteers from Englewood Christian Church make sausage and egg sandwiches for the guests which was very popular.   We are looking for groups that want to come in and prepare breakfast to help these young adults start their day right.

Hours - 6:30am to 7:30am depending on prep time and clean-up. 

To volunteer, complete the following form or contact Lee Murdock at 509-834-8173 or  

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