Cooling Centers in Oregon

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With climate change causing temperatures in parts of Oregon to reach upwards of 100 degrees later this week, a number of cooling centers are opening throughout Oregon to help seniors, people with disabilities and other health conditions, and unhoused members of our community to stay safe.

“Heat affects everyone, but older adults and people with disabilities are particularly at risk,’’ said Paul Iarrobino, Multnomah County’s Aging and Disability Services program supervisor. “Our community has come together to help.”

Neighbors can also help by checking in on elderly or disabled friends and relatives. Heat stroke or heat exhaustion are common conditions. Hot weather can also place a dangerous strain on those with heart and other health issues.

“People affected by the heat may not recognize they have a problem. Many senior and disabled folks live alone, may not get out much, and so it is critical that someone check on them,’’ Iarrobino said.

Tips for staying cool:

  • Never wait in a parked vehicle or leave a child, elder, or pet waiting in a parked car. Temperatures inside parked vehicles can rise dangerously high, even with the windows open.
  • Slow down. Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities until the heat of the day has passed.
  • Stay out of the sun. Sunburn interferes with the skin’s ability to cool.
  • Dress for the weather. Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Drink plenty of water and non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. People with health conditions such as epilepsy, heart, or kidney disease should talk to a doctor before increasing their consumption.
  • Find the cool places. Visit a family member or neighbor with air conditioning, or go to the nearest public library, shopping mall, or other cooled space.
  • Take a cool bath, shower or sponge bath. Cool water can help cool an overheated body.
  • Pay attention to older adults and people with disabilities or health conditions. Check on those who are at-risk at least twice a day.

Cooling Centers in Oregon (this list may be updated as more locations are announced):

Jackson County (Talent, Medford, and Ashland)

Talent Community Center (104 East Main Street just behind City Hall) - 541-535-1566

      Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27, Monday 6/28 from noon to 6 PM

Medford Senior Center (510 E Main St, Medford, OR 97504)

     Hours: starting Saturday from Noon - 8PM.

There will be a volunteer-run cooling center in Ashland at 48 5th Street

     Hours: open June 26 - July 1 from 12pm to 8pm. Masks required.

Lane County (Eugene, and Springfield)

Lane Events Center (796 W 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from 9am to 10pm

The Downtown Library (100 W 10th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26 from 9am to 6pm

Hilyard Community Center (2580 Hilyard St, Eugene, OR 97405)

     Hours: Sunday 6/27 from Noon to 7pm

All water fountains and splash pads are turned on in Eugene for the summer. 

     Splash pads are available at: 

          Fairmount Park (E. 15th Ave. and Fairmount Blvd., Eugene, OR 97403)

          Oakmont Park (2295 Oakmont Way, Eugene, OR 97401)

          Skinner Butte Park (248 Cheshire Ave., Eugene, OR 97401)

          Washington Park (2025 Washington St, Eugene, OR 97405)

Springfield City Hall (225 5th St, Springfield, OR 97477)

     Hours: Water misters 2pm to 8pm, Water bottle filling station 2pm to 7pm

St. Vincent de Paul Society - Lindholm Service Center (450 OR-99, Eugene, OR 97402)

     Hours: 8:30am to 5pm daily

Linn County (Albany, Lebanon, Sweet Home, and Brownsville)

Albany Public Library (2450 14th Ave SE, Albany, OR 97322)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from 3pm to 7pm

CHANCE (231 SW Lyon St, Albany, OR 97322)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from 9am to 6pm

     Please call 541-791-3411 for transporation to the cooling centers

First Christian Church (Soup Kitchen) (170 E Grant St, Lebanon, OR 97355)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from 3pm to 8pm

River Center in Lebanon (3000 S Santiam Hwy, Lebanon, OR 97355)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from 3pm to 8pm

Sweet Home City Hall ( 3225 Main St, Sweet Home, OR 97386)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from 10am to 8pm

Public Library Sweet Home (1101 13th Ave, Sweet Home, OR 97386)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from 10am to 8pm

Police Station Sweet Home (1950 Main St, Sweet Home, OR 97386)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from Noon to 8pm

Brownsville Senior Center (117 N Main St, Brownsville, OR 97327)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 as needed; call Marilee at 541-619-3087

Marion County (Salem)

Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency (615 Commercial St. NE, Salem OR 97301)

     Hours:  Saturday 6/26 and 6/27 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

     Additional days/hours may be added if needed. 

     Covid protocols including health screenings and masks required. 

     Hydration center will be available outside the building as well.

The Arches Project (615 Commercial Street NE, Salem, OR 97301)

     503-399-9080

     Hours: Saturday, June 26, 2021- Sunday June 27, 2021 noon-4pm

First Presbyterian Church (770 Chemeketa St NE, Salem, OR 97301)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from Noon to 6pm

Church at the Park (2410 Turner Rd SE, Salem, OR 97302)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from Noon to 8pm

Inside Out Ministries (1910 Front St NE, Salem, OR 97301)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from 1pm to 8pm

ROCC (2555 Silverton Rd NE Suite C, Salem, OR 97301)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from Noon to 8pm

HOME Youth 11 to 18 (625 Union St NE, Salem, OR 97301)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from Noon to 7pm

Multnomah County (Portland and Gresham)

Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.)

Sunrise Center (18901 E Burnside Street)

Arbor Lodge (1952 North Lombard Street)

Anyone who needs transportation support should dial 2-1-1.

Hours for all locations: Friday 6/25, Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27, Monday 6/28 from 1 PM - 9 PM

Check the Multnomah County website for the most current location information.

In Portland and Multnomah County, call for more information. The Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services Helpline has resources for older adults and people with disabilities, including a list of senior centers, transportation services, and 24-hour crisis intervention. Call 503-988-3646 or TTY at 503-988-3683.

Midland Library: 805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233

Capitol Hill Library: 10723 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219

Gresham Library: 385 NW Miller Ave, Gresham, OR 97030

Kenton Library: 8226 N Denver Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Holgate Library: 7905 SE Holgate Blvd, Portland, OR 97206

Hours for library locations: Open noon to 6 p.m., Friday, June 25, and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday through Monday

Polk County (Dallas, Independence, Monmouth, and Falls City)

Falls City Community Center (320 North Main St., Falls City, OR 97344)

     Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from Noon to 5 PM

Dallas Public Library (950 Main St, Dallas, OR 97338)

     Hours: Saturday 6/27 - 10am to 6pm, Sunday 6/27 - 1pm to 6pm

Independence Public Library (175 Monmouth St, Independence, OR 97351)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26 - 10am to 1pm

Monmouth Public Library (168 Ecols St S, Monmouth, OR 97361)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26 - 10am to 1pm

The Gate Youth Association (1501 Monmouth St, Independence, OR 97351)

     Hours: Sunday 6/27 - Noon to 5pm

     *refreshments and family activities available*

Monmouth Christian Church (959 Church St W, Monmouth, OR 97361)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26 and Sunday 6/27 from Noon to 9pm

     *refreshments and family activities available*

Umatilla County (Pendleton)

Neighbor 2 Neighbor Day Center (715 SE Court Avenue)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26 and Sunday 6/27 from 1 PM - 4 PM (cooling center)

                Monday 6/28 from 1 PM - 4 PM (showers)

Yamhill County (Dayton, Dundee, Grande Ronde, Lafayette, McMinnville, Newberg, Sheridan, Willamina, and Yamhill)

Dayton Community Center (606 4th St, Dayton, OR 97114)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27, Monday 6/28 from 1pm to 9pm

Dayton Baptist Church (300 Flower Ln, Dayton, OR 97114)

     Hours: Monday 6/28 from 9am to 5pm

Dundee Fire Station Conference Room (801 OR-99W, Dundee, OR 97115)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from 8am to 8pm

Grande Ronde Fire Station - water distribution (28480 McPherson Rd, Grand Ronde, OR 97347)

Lafayette Community Center (133 Adams St, Lafayette, OR 97127)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from Noon to 8am

Yamhill County Gospel Rescue Mission (1315 NE Macy Street) - 503-877-6096

     Hours: Friday 6/25, Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from noon to 8 PM

First Baptist Church (125 SE Cowls Street, McMinnville, OR 97128)

     503-472-7941 

     Hours: Saturday, June 26, 2021- Monday, June 28, 2021 noon-9pm

McMinnville Public Library (225 NE Adams St, McMinnville, OR 97128)

     Hours: Friday 6/25, Saturday 6/26 from 11am to 6pm

Northwest Christian Church McMinnville Campus (2831 NE Newby St, McMinnville, OR 97128)

      Hours: Friday 6/25, Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from Noon to 8pm

Provoking Hope - water, gatorade, snacks, oranges, food (213 NE 10th St, McMinnville, OR 97128)

     Hours: Friday 6/26 from 11am to Noon 

Water Distribution (McMinnville)

     Wortman Park (2051 NE Lafayette Ave, McMinnville, OR 97128)

     Joe Dancer Park (1650 E Brooks St, McMinnville, OR 97128)

     City Park (140 NW Park Dr, McMinnville, OR 97128)

Newberg Emergency Shelter (615 N College Street, Newberg, OR 97132)

     Hours: Friday 6/25 through Monday 6/28, from 1pm to 7:30pm

Chehalem Cultural Center - Face Masks Required (415 E Sheridan St, Newberg, OR 97132)

     Hours: Friday 6/25 from 9am to 6pm, Saturday 6/26 from 10am to 6pm, Sunday 6/28 from 1pm to 6pm, Monday 6/28 from 10am to 4pm

Northwest Christian Church Newberg Campus (2315 Villa Rd Suite 100, Newberg, OR 97132)

     Hours: Friday 6/25, Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from Noon to 8pm

Youth Outreach 11 to 22 year olds ( 719 E 1st St, Newberg, OR 97132)

     Hours: Weekdays 11am to 9pm

Newberg Public Library (503 E Hancock St, Newberg, OR 97132)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26 Noon to 6pm

Sheridan Baptist Church (643 E Main St, Sheridan, OR 97378)

     Hours: Sunday 6/27 from 10am to 6pm

Willamina Public Library - water distribution (382 NE C St, Willamina, OR 97396)

West Valley Community Campus - water distribution (266 SE Washington St, Willamina, OR 97396)

     Hours: Friday 6/25, Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27 from 10am until water runs out

Yamhill/Carlton High School (275 N Maple St, Yamhill, OR 97148)

     Hours: Saturday 6/26, Sunday 6/27, Monday 6/28 from 11am to 9pm

Photo above by The Oregonian.