Volunteers Needed

for Homeless Point in Time Count 2018
Lane County Department of Health & Human Services
(Not affliated with Beds For Freezing Nights)

PIT Count Date: January 31, 2018

 Homeless PIT Count 2018 Flyer

Please Save the Date and consider volunteering for the annual homeless Point in Time (PIT) Count, which will be January 31, 2018.


As a volunteer, you will gain a hands-on view of homelessness in our community. The one-night count takes place across the state of Oregon each January. It provides a snapshot of the problem of homelessness to help policymakers target resources to the areas of the state experiencing the greatest need. This valuable data identifies the needs and gaps in services for homeless people in order to inform local planning efforts. The 2018 Count includes both sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness. This count is required by Oregon Housing and Community Services, and by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) who provides over $3 million in housing and services to single adults, families, and youth who are homeless in Lane County.


Last year, a total of 1,529 people were counted. During last year’s “sheltered” count, 526 individuals were counted including homeless community members who were used local emergency shelter and transitional housing programs designated for people who are homeless. The “street count” or unsheltered count includes those who are on the streets, under bridges, in parks, at food pantries, schools, day access centers and churches. Last year 1,003 unsheltered individuals were counted.


To sign up as a volunteer and for more information, please use the community volunteer sign-up form. This can be found at our website, http://lanecounty.org/homelesscount


or directly at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zCgo61bGd5cbs12Fr2TE1xcVL7YxMmj5a2oTwLvmREw/viewform?edit_requested=true


If you have any questions about the Point in Time Count, feel free to email Alexandria.Dreher@co.lane.or.us. Please share this call for volunteers among your network.


Your time and diligent work is very much appreciated,

Alexandria K. Dreher, MSW


Human Services Division

Lane County Department of Health & Human Services

Beds For Freezing Nights

Cottage Grove, Oregon

Providing a safe, warm place to sleep during the coldest nights of the year.


The freezing nights of the winter season are almost here. BFN is Cottage Grove’s non-profit organization dedicated to organizing warming centers in our community that allow individuals and families to come in from the cold on sub-freezing nights. To successfully achieve our mission, we truly need your help! Read our Call To Action flyer to find out how to help in these ways:

  • GET TRAINED - Volunteer Training Date: Saturday November 11th, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • First Presbyterian Church, 216 S. Third Street, Cottage Grove
    • For questions about the training and/or to register, email or call Christine Moats at 541-521-8816.
  • GET THE WORD OUT - Announce and distribute BFN information
  • GET INFORMED - www.freezingnights.com and info@freezingnights.com
  • GET INVOLVED - Join the BFN Coalition.
    • We need shelter volunteers and cash donations.
Beds For Freezing Nights Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe, warm place to sleep for those who wish to come inside during the coldest nights of the  Year. Our purpose is to ensure shelter is available for those who need and want it. We are in operation from November 15 through March 31.

Directions to Shelters When Activated

Interactive Directions: First Presbyterian
First Presbyterian From I-5: Gateway Blvd to Main then west. South on 5th to Adams then west. Church on southwest corner of Third. 
First Presbyterian From Downtown Cottage Grove: South on 5th to Adams then west. Church on southwest corner of Third.
Printable Map     Online Map

Activation Policy

Our Warming Centers are activated when the average overnight temperature falls to 29 degrees Fahrenheit or belowCurrent weather. Everyone who is willing to follow our guest agreement is welcome at our warming centers. Pets are welcome within the pet policy at the First Presbyterian Church.


To volunteer, contact Christine Moats at volunteers@freezingnights.com 

What Volunteers Do

All volunteers who work with guests must participate in one of our volunteer training workshops OR consent to onsite training when a shelter is activated. This training includes site set-up and guest intake procedures, crisis intervention techniques, health protocols, and an in-depth discussion of policies and procedures for Beds For Freezing Nights.  

Volunteers must consent to a criminal background check, for safety and insurance purposes. To the extent possible, we try to fit volunteers' interests and availability with specific tasks.


We partner with the following organizations for services:

Cottage Grove Community Sharing:

 We appreciate all monetary donations. Please follow this process for donations:

  1. Download and print the Donation Form from  the Download Center.
  2. Fill out the form.
  3. Mail the form to the following address.

Beds For Freezing NightsPO Box 1110Cottage Grove Oregon 97424 

Supplies Needed

We greatly appreciate any supplies donated. We currently need the following supplies:

  • Regular Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Instant Hot Cider
  • Sugar, Creamer
  • Non-Refrigerated Juices
  • Snacks, Microwave Popcorn, Fruit Cups, Wrapped Cookies
  • Granola Bars, Oatmeal Packets, and Other Individually Wrapped Breakfast Food.

We also need :

  • Hot drink paper cups
  • Paper bowls (soup size)
  • Napkins, Paper Towels
  • Cold Cups and Plastic Knives and Forks.

Please label any supply donations with the words:  “For BFN.” Donations may be delivered during regular business hours to the following organization: 

Community Sharing Food pantry

1440 Birch Avenue 

Cottage Grove, Oregon 97424 

About Us


 Our mission is to provide a safe, warm place to sleep for those who wish to come inside during the coldest nights of the  Year. Our purpose is to ensure shelter is available for those who need and want it. We are in operation from November 15 through March 31. 


During the winter of 2008-2009, Major Thomas Egan, a homeless veteran, froze to death in Eugene. The event energized the Eugene/Springfield community to found the Egan Warming Center, a program that provides shelter to homeless people during the coldest months of the year.

There had been talk of creating a similar program in Cottage Grove, and some individuals had even done a great deal of preliminary work to try to make this happen, but the founding of the Eugene warming center gave the final impetus to creating a Cottage Grove winter warming center.

A broad coalition of community social service agencies, church leaders, government officials, and public-minded individuals came together in October of 2009 to begin the process of establishing such a project, which was christened Beds for Freezing Nights.

Board of Directors and Officers

Ruth Linoz (Board President and Treasurer)

Profession: Executive Director, South Lane Wheels

James Markus (Secretary and Board Member)

Profession: Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church

Christine Moats (Board Member and Volunteers & Training)

Profession: Retired Student Advisor

Steve Thoreson (Board Member & Logistics)

Profession: Retired

Don Strahan (Board Member and Weather Watcher)

Profession: Retired

Sella Libby (Former Board Member)

First Presbyterian Liaison for Pet Policy

Joe Mootz (BFN Web Site Manager)

Contact Us

For immediate information call: 458-209-9744

Franklin Perry, Scheduling Coordinator
Email: info@freezingnights.com
Christine Moats, Volunteer Training Coordinator
Email: volunteers@freezingnights.com
Steve Thoreson, Logistics Coordinator
Email: logistics@freezingnights.com  
Jim  Markus, Media Coordinator

Email: media@freezingnights.com 

Beds For Freezing Nights