Severe weather shelter seeks volunteers
Now that summer has come to an end, the City of Beaverton is focusing on keeping people warm during inclement weather.
The Beaverton severe weather shelter is seeking volunteers who are 18 or older. Volunteers will receive training and support.
A volunteer training is scheduled to take place next Thursday, Oct. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Beaverton Community Center at 12350 S.W. Fifth St.
The training will cover topics that volunteers need to know, as well as hands-on practice checking guests in, setting up for an evening, serving meals and cleaning up.
The shelter was opened in January to provide a warm, safe space for adults experiencing homelessness to stay during the winter. It is operated by Just Compassion of East Washington County.
Once open for the season, the center will have space for 30 adults who are 18 or older. It is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Dinner and breakfast are provided.
Open hours and changes to the schedule will be posted at the Beaverton City Library.
For more information, contact Megan Cohen, community services coordinator, at 503-526-2584.
'Operation Kidsafe' to hold two-day event
Kuni Auto Center, 3725 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd. in Beaverton, is sponsoring an event Friday and Saturday billed as a way for parents to help keep their children safe.
"Operation Kidsafe" is holding child safety events throughout the United States and Canada. At these events, families can have their children fingerprinted — using a digital fingerprinting unit like those used by the FBI and Secret Service — and photographed to create a "child safety kit."
The purpose, according to Operation Kidsafe, is to generate data that can be provided to investigators in the event a child goes missing.
Safety tips and advice on how to start a family safety action plan will also be provided.
Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The event is free of charge, and visits are private. No data is retained, according to Operation Kidsafe.
By Mandy Feder-Sawyer
Reporter, Beaverton Valley Times
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