Severe Weather Shelter

Be Part of the Solution!

We need your help to offer life-saving shelter to people without homes in Clark County.

It's COLD between November and March and people need to get inside for a safe night's sleep. The year-round emergency shelters reach capacity and we are part of a special team of caring community members who mobilize their space and volunteers to open their doors to help meet the demand when temperatures are expected to be dangerous.

We are seeking on-call volunteers to serve at local emergency severe weather overflow shelters in the event of a cold weather emergency. Volunteers who respond as available will be serving at one of several local churches who have committed to opening as shelter during emergency weather. The volunteer assignments will be partial or full shifts which typically begin around 6:30PM and end around 8:30AM the following morning. The volunteer opportunities will vary depending on the weather, location, and the expected number of guests.

Outsiders Inn is assisting with the requirement that all volunteers submit a volunteer application and pass a background check prior to volunteering. If you are interested in being an on-call volunteer, please fill out the application below for a background check below. 

*Please note submitting your application is not an automatic commitment to respond to volunteer call-outs. We would prefer you only respond to a call-out if you are able to safely travel to and from the assignment location.

Severe Weather Shelters Response Team Volunteer Application

Basic Information

First Name (*)

Please let us know your name.
Middle Initial

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Last Name (*)

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Marital Status

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Maiden name / Other

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Gender (*)

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Date of Birth (*)

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Address (*)

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City (*)

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State (*)

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Zip Code (*)

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How long have you lived at your current address?

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Are you currently employed?

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If so, who is your employer?

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Employer City, State

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Preferred method to receive call-out notifications

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Volunteer Email (*)

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Cell Phone number (*)

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Preferred Shifts

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Preferred Nights of the Week

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Preferred Location

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Background checks are issued for all Severe Weather volunteers through the Washington State Patrol WATCH. A copy of your background check is available upon request after the volunteer application is processed. Please read thoroughly and check the boxes below if you agree.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony? (*)

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If yes, please explain the felony below:

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Have you ever been found to have sexually assaulted any minor or to have physically abused any minor? (*)

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Have you ever been found by a court in a domestic relations proceeding to have sexually abused or exploited any minor or to have physically abused any mionor? (*)

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Have you ever been found in any disciplinary board final decision to have sexually or physically abused or exploited any minor or developmentally disable person or to have abused or financially exploited any vulnerable adult? (*)

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I certify that all statements made by me on this application are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and that I have withheld nothing that would, if disclosed, affect this application unfavorably. I understand and agree that any misrepresentations or omission of facts can exclude my being considered for volunteer services or after my service begins may be cause for termination. (*)

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I understand that my involvement as a volunteer with Outsiders Inn and the Severe Weather Shelter locations is contingent upon a clean criminal background check. (*)

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I will perform services as a Outsiders Inn Severe Weather Shelter volunteer without compensation, and in performing such services I acknowledge that I am not acting as an employee of Outsiders Inn or Severe Weather Shelter locations. (*)

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I understand that I may have access to, or work with information considered confidential regarding shelter guests. I agree to hold all such information in complete confidence both during and following my volunteer period with Outsiders Inn and the Severe Weather Shelter locations. (*)

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I understand that my participation is strictly on a volunteer basis and that there will be no insurance provided against bodily harm. I also understand that volunteer positions are not covered under Worker’s Compensation Insurance. I agree to hold harmless entity known as OutsidersInn serving as a volunteer. (*)

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I understand host locations will have access to my name to comply with their policy. (*)

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By checking this box I certify under the penalty of perjury all statements above are true and acknowledge background checks are issued for all Outsiders Inn Severe Weather Shelter volunteers through the Washington State Patrol WATCH. (*)

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Do you authorize OutsidersInn to perform a background check? (*)

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Signature: (*)

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Date Signed (*)

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Severe Weather Shelter Locations

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
12513 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, 98684

Immanuel Lutheran Church
8310 MacArthur Blvd.,
Vancouver, 98664

Living Hope Church
2711 NE Andresen Rd.,
Vancouver, 98661

ReFuel Washougal
Community Center
1681 C St, Washougal, WA 98671


Winter Hospitality Overflow locations:

St. Andrew Lutheran Church
5607 NE Gher Rd., Vancouver, 98662

St. Paul Lutheran Church
1309 Franklin St., Vancouver, 98660


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