Volunteers Needed for Paducah Warming Center

Volunteers Needed for Paducah Warming Center

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - Community Ministries, Inc. needs volunteers to staff the Paducah Warming-Cooling Center for this winter.

According to the City of Paducah, when it opens, it will provide a warm, dry and safe environment for local, homeless residents during brief periods of inclement winter weather.

It will open on nights when the temperature forecast is 40 degrees or lower.

The Warming Center will open in December initially at Grace Episcopal Church located at 820 Broadway.

The permanent home for the Warming Center and the Community Kitchen facility will be 1237 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. That facility is under renovation with the plan to open in January 2015.

Mayor Gayle Kaler has been working with Community Ministries, the United Way of Paducah-McCracken County, the Salvation Army, and local banks and churches to organize the warming center.

"Last year, we relied on local churches to open their doors to provide warming centers for the community, " said the mayor. "They answered the call and provided a much-needed service. This year, we are working to provide a more permanent facility for those who need a warm place to stay. Once renovated, the new Community Ministries facility will be able to provide a variety of services to help."

According to the city, a staff of volunteers is needed to operate the Warming Center from December 2014 through March 2015.

Those interested in staffing the Center should contact the Community Kitchen at 270-575-3400 or ckpaducah@gmail.com.

A training session will be held Monday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army located at 2990 Trimble Street.

During each evening the Center is open, a two-member team, preferably a male and female, will staff the facility for a shift. Each evening will have three shifts: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; 10:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.; and 4:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Each volunteer will be on call for a week-long assignment. Light evening and morning meals will be provided for the Center's visitors.

The Center also needs donations to purchase 20 cots.

Community Ministries thanks Paducah Bank, Independence Bank, and Grace Episcopal Church for their donations. Contact the Community Kitchen if you would like to donate.

For more information about Community Ministries, visit www.community-ministries.org.

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