How to Help: Updated for Jan. 17

Helping Hands Against Violence — Helping Hands operates two facilities that offer shelter and safety to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Contact the office at 541-386-4808 prior to dropping off shelter items or to arrange a pick up. You also may donate online at:

Needed goods include, for the shelter: toilet paper, sponges, paper towels, garbage bags, laundry detergent, dish soap, laundry soap, towels and washcloths, sheets and blankest (single double, queen), pots and pans silverware, and toys for the kids’ playroom; for the office, copy paper, envelopes, letter size file folders, stamps, post-its, bottled water, tissues, and disinfectant wipes.

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If your non-profit is looking for volunteers or has other needs, send brief information to hrnews@hoodrivene....

For those in need of Helping Hands services, here is the hotline number: 541-386-6603.

HR Care Center — The Family Council at the Hood River Care Center is seeking donations for wild birdseed, to be used in filing the residents’ birdfeeders. This is an activity which is enjoyed all year round. Donations may be dropped off at the Hood River Care Center, 729 Henderson Road. For delivery or pick-up, call Debbie Medina, 541-490-1575 or Carol Daniel, chairman, 541-490-6136 or

n Warming Shelter — Hood River Warming Shelter is open at Riverside Community Church, Third and State, this week until Jan. 18, and then for a week at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Visit for details on how to assist. On Jan. 25 it moves to the former Expo Center at the waterfront, through the end of the season in March.

From 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. nightly, homeless people can find a warm place to sleep, bedding, meals, and connection to community resources, all at no charge. The service is offered nightly at rotating locations.

Veterans Office — Volunteer drivers from the Mid-Columbia area are needed to take veterans to the Portland VA Medical Center. Oregon drivers must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. CDL is not needed. For more information, contact the DAV Coordinator at 1-800-949-1004, ext. 57804 or ext. 56957.

FISH – The food bank program in Hood River County can always use monetary donations to help stock shelves at sites in Hood River, Parkdale, Odell and Cascade Locks. Donations may be sent to 1767 12th St., ox 147, Hood River, OR 97031

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