Additional employees needed to volunteer at temporary redeployment at smoke shelter

Due to ongoing smoky conditions in our region, King County and the City of Seattle are extending the operation of the temporary wildfire smoke shelter in Seattle for persons experiencing homelessness through 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, and there is an urgent need for employees to fill positions.

If you are interested and approved to support this work please follow the steps at the bottom of this email. Please note, if your supervisor is not cc’d on your email, we will not be able to place you in a volunteer position.

There is an immediate need to fill these roles through temporary redeployment at a shelter site in SoDo as we respond to wildfire smoke in our region. Both medical and non-medical volunteers are sought for the temporary emergency smoke shelter through 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. The site is located at 1045 6th Ave South, Seattle.

Employees will continue to be paid at their current rate of pay, and employees will not receive a reduction in pay for the emergency redeployment.

Medical volunteers (RNs, ARNPs, MAs, PAs, MDs, EMTs (including non-agency affiliated), and paramedics): One medical professional is needed per shift to provide support at the shelter, including assisting the clients to feel safe and comfortable, preventing health conditions from worsening, supporting client intake and rooming, providing general administrative and operational support (including monitoring the site, providing food/water, and notifying medical staff if there is an emergency), monitoring the activities of clients to ensure the safety of clients, volunteers and staff, helping clients resolve any issues as they may arise, and assisting with, and triaging, any emergent medical needs. The shelter will be open 24 hours each day, but medical volunteers are only needed between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. for morning and swing shifts. Experience working with individuals living homeless is preferred. All PPE will be provided, and volunteers will be trained in specific responsibilities on site.

Non-Medical volunteers: Five to six non-medical volunteers are needed each shift including morning, swing, and overnight to provide shelter support. Expected tasks include intake and registration, orientation to the shelter space, attendance and recordkeeping, serving meals, and shelter monitoring. Volunteers will be trained in specific responsibilities on site.

Available Dates and Shifts:

Wednesday, Sept. 16

  • Overnight 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. (medical staff only)

Thursday, Sept. 17

  • Morning 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Swing 2 – 10 p.m.
  • Overnight 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 18

  • Morning 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Swing 2 – 10 p.m.
  • Overnight 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 19

  • Morning 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

If you are a King County employee who can fill one these roles, and have capacity to help, please follow these instructions:

  1. Receive permission from your supervisor to apply for this redeployment, and
  2. Once approved, email and CC your supervisor.
  3. Indicate which date and shift you are volunteering to fill, and in which role.
  4. For questions or for more information, contact