The way we volunteer has changed during the coronavirus pandemic, but the need to cook meals for people accessing our shelters hasn’t. For now, instead of inviting folks to cook in our shelter kitchens, we’re hosting drop-off potlucks!
These community-made meals have been a big hit – not just because of the wonderful array of delicious dishes, but because sharing food is an age-old way of building community and showing that we care for one another. Sound fun? We’d love to have you or your community group join us. It takes a village!
Find a Potluck That’s Right for You
We offer potlucks in all three of our East Multnomah County shelters, where we host about 230 people every night. Each shelter hosts potlucks at varying times throughout the week, with a mixture of continental breakfast, brunch and dinner options.
Gresham Women’s Shelter
Located in the Rockwood neighborhood, this shelter is home to about 30 residents who identify as women, non-binary or gender-queer.
This is our family shelter, home to about 120 residents (32 families with about 60 kids), and is located in the Foster-Powell neighborhood.
The Chestnut Tree Inn
Located in the Hazelwood neighborhood, this social-distancing shelter opened in response to the pandemic and hosts around 60 COVID-vulnerable residents who identify as women, non-binary or gender-queer.
Find an event on the calendar, then click the SignUpGenius link in the description that pops up, and register there. You can also save the Google event to your personal digital calendar – just make sure to register in Sign Up Genius, too, so we know to expect you!
Please plan to prepare and deliver food for about 12 people and follow guidelines for safe food preparation. The individual SignUpGenius page where you registered will have details for what to cook and guidance on packaging and delivering your meals.