Warming center seeks volunteers

posted on: 12/21/2020

The Strafford County Emergency Extreme Weather Warming Center seeks volunteers to assist operations this winter.

For those interested, the center will hold three volunteer training sessions this week: Tuesday, Dec. 22, Wednesday, Dec. 23, and Saturday, Dec. 26. The training is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night and is held at the Strafford County Emergency Extreme Weather Warming Center, 31 Willand Drive in Somersworth.

Click here to sign-up.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, each training session is limited to 10 people. Attendees must wear a mask and maintain social distance during the session. All attendees will be screened for COVID-19 related systems before the session begins.

The warming center is operated by the Strafford County Integrated Delivery Network (IDN), Region 6 (Strafford County/Seacoast), which is also conducting the volunteer training.

Training includes an overview of sheltering and low-barrier shelter practices, a review of COVID-19 coronavirus precautions and procedures, an introduction to basic de-escalation techniques, and the professional ethics of caring.

Warming center seeks volunteers

posted on: 12/21/2020

The Strafford County Emergency Extreme Weather Warming Center seeks volunteers to assist operations this winter.

For those interested, the center will hold three volunteer training sessions this week: Tuesday, Dec. 22, Wednesday, Dec. 23, and Saturday, Dec. 26. The training is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night and is held at the Strafford County Emergency Extreme Weather Warming Center, 31 Willand Drive in Somersworth.

Click here to sign-up.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, each training session is limited to 10 people. Attendees must wear a mask and maintain social distance during the session. All attendees will be screened for COVID-19 related systems before the session begins.

The warming center is operated by the Strafford County Integrated Delivery Network (IDN), Region 6 (Strafford County/Seacoast), which is also conducting the volunteer training.

Training includes an overview of sheltering and low-barrier shelter practices, a review of COVID-19 coronavirus precautions and procedures, an introduction to basic de-escalation techniques, and the professional ethics of caring.

Expectations for on-site volunteers include:

  • Willingness to commit to at least one 4-hour overnight shift between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. during the season.
  • Willingness to wear a mask, maintain/model and encourage all others to practice COVID-19 precautions.
  • Willingness to sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Some ability to travel/serve during extreme weather.

All abilities, interests and availabilities are welcome. The Strafford County Emergency Extreme Cold Weather Shelter is an extension of the tri-city community's commitment to its vulnerable neighbors, and every contribution is appreciated. Please send any questions about training to scwarmingshelter@gmail.com.

The Strafford County Extreme Cold Weather Shelter is now open nightly through the end of the year. The warming center opens each night at 5 p.m. and closes at 9 a.m. the following morning through Thursday, Dec. 31.

Beginning Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, the Strafford County Emergency Extreme Weather Warming Center will open for life-threatening weather conditions.

For more information, contact scwarmingshelter@gmail.com, 1-857-323-0388, or visit www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e45a4af2aa0f94-volunteer.