Office of Emergency Services - Emergency Volunteer Center

Cooling Center Volunteers

Cooling Center Volunteers will help with the day-to-day operations at a City of Sacramento or Faith-based Cooling Center.  Volunteers will help provide a safe and cool respite from extreme heat to vulnerable populations: seniors, medically fragile, the homeless, people who do not have working air conditioning and sometimes, their pets. 


Be mindful that there is much diversity in our local population.  At times, we may experience those who need medical attention, those who create conflict, or those who may attempt to engage in drug use during their brief visit.  It is important that we exhibit good judgment and move forward to handle each occurrence with professionalism and assertive direction, while at the same time extending a kind heart and understanding.


Skills, qualifications or requirements for assignment:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Organization
  • Team worker
  • Administrative skills helpful
  • Resourcefulness
  • Flexibility
  • Caring
  • Compassionate
  • Open-minded
  • Levelheaded and balanced judgment
  • Previous experience working with homeless individuals and seniors is welcome, but not required