City of Charleston to open warming centers during cold snap

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- With bone-chilling weather predicted for the second half of the weekend, the city of Charleston is taking steps to make sure that people who need a place to stay warm have it.

Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin directed city emergency services to collaborate with the United Way of Central West Virginia, Charleston Police Department, Kanawha Valley Collective and local Fire Departments to provide staffing and support for a warming center during the expected record low temperatures predicted in Charleston beginning Sunday, January 20 through Monday, January 21.

“Due to record lows expected in the region, we will open the Salvation Army and Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center to provide relief from the cold weather,” said Mayor Amy Schuler Goodwin in a press release. “Thank you to our partners and volunteers.”

City emergency services will collaborate with the "United Way of Central West Virginia, Charleston Police Department, Kanawha Valley Collective and local Fire Departments to provide staffing and support for a warming center during the expected record low temperatures predicted in Charleston beginning Sunday, January 20 through Monday, January 21," the press release said.

The warming center will be open at the Salvation Army, 301 Tennessee Avenue, on the west side of Charleston. from 9 p.m. Sunday evening to 7 a.m. Monday morning and 9 p.m. Monday evening to 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.

According to the release: the City of Charleston is also offering a warming center within the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center on Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those in need during the daytime.

Additional services and support for the warming center is being provided by the Salvation Army, Prestera Center, YWCA/Sojourners Shelter, Roark Sullivan Lifeway Center and other community organizations.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to staff the centers can call 304-340-3503.



 
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