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Extreme cold shelters looking for more help in Yakima, Sunnyside

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Cold shelters plan to open in the Yakima Valley later this month but are behind on signing up volunteers this winter to help operate various locations.

Sunrise Outreach Center organizes shelters in Yakima and Sunnyside and needs more than 100 volunteers but less than two weeks before they open, they only have 30 people signed up to help.

"Once the weather drops, typically it drops real fast and then there dire need," said Ken Trainor, a volunteer for the center.

Shelters provide a warm place for the homeless during the extreme cold as well as a meal in the evening and the morning after they spend the night. Locations provide facilities for men as well as separate quarters for women and children.

"We try to get volunteers and everything lined up before the cold weather hits," said Trainor.

Anyone interested in helping can sign up for various shifts and decide what kind of time commitment they would like to make during the season. Shelters open Nov. 15 and run as late as March. In order to qualify, volunteers must attend one training session.


Yakima Training Sessions:

Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10:00 a.m. 

Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10:00 a.m.

The Yakima training will be held at the Vineyard Church located on the corner of East Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and N. 3rd Street (221 East MLK Jr., Blvd.).


Sunnyside Training Sessions:

Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 6 at 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m.


The Sunnyside training will be held at the First Christian Church located at 321 S 8th Street.

For more information on cold shelters at both locations, call (509) 225-9310.