Camas Friends Church participates in the Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO) program. The WHO provides sleeping, bathing, and training services to the homeless of Clark County. Camas Friends Church volunteers at the men’s shelter at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Vancouver.
CFC’s first of two weekends to volunteer at the WHO this winter is Nov 30 to Dec. 2nd. (the second is February 1st-3rd). We have committed to volunteering at the evening and morning shifts, from 6pm-8am starting both Friday and Saturday evenings.
Please note that all new volunteers need to complete one training session and complete a BACKGROUND CHECK FORM (and email completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org). Training sessions are every Sunday at 5pm at St. Pauls (1309 Franklin St, Vancouver, WA 98660). If you cannot attend this training session, please email email@example.com so we can work out other options for training for you.
In addition to volunteering for one of these two weekends with CFC, there are at least three additional ways you can help:
- Volunteer for open shifts that are announced throughout the year, either at St. Paul’s or at St. Andrew’s family shelter in Orchards.
- Donate funds. It costs about $60,000/year to operate the two shelters. Money comes from fundraisers and donations. This includes the case managers who do intake and one-on-one work with the guests to help them move towards stable housing.
- Donate items like deodorant, cough drops, and men’s gloves, as well as food items like milk, juice, fresh fruit and veggies, and baked goods.
Joy Gault, the organizer of this program, will speak briefly to the meeting on Nov. 11 about the program.