Emergency Cold Weather Shelter to Remain Open Through Overnight Tuesday

By KOLR10 News

Published 03/03 2014 04:58PM

Updated 03/03 2014 06:42PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Salvation Army’s Emergency Cold Weather Shelter (EECWS) will remain open through overnight on Tuesday due to cold temperatures.

The shelter has been open since February 25th and has served a record of nearly 480 people.

The Salvation Army is in great need of volunteers and donations to operate these life-saving shelters.

“We are now in great need of the community’s support to help us continue to help the individuals who are coming to us for emergency shelter,” said Major Norman Grainger, Corps Officer in a statement. “The Salvation Army exists in this community for this very reason, but we are facing an unprecedented situation and because of that truly need the community’s help.”

Volunteers needed primarily from 6 p.m. until 8 a.m. at The Salvation Army’s main location at 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway when the EECWS is activated.

Previous volunteer or professional experience in the areas of social service work, psychology, criminal justice, or other related fields would be beneficial, but is not required.

Volunteers will assist staff with checking in clients, obtaining client information, monitoring shelter operations, distributing bedding & hygiene items, recording client statistics, providing meals and other duties as needed.

For more information about applying to be an Extreme Emergency Cold Weather Shelter volunteer please call 862-5509 ext. 116 or email audrey_esther@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Those interested in volunteering will need to complete all volunteer forms as well as undergo a thorough background check.

For more information about The Salvation Army, its shelter, housing or assistance programs visit www.usc.salvationarmy.org/springfield-mo

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