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The Egan Warming Center needs volunteers!

The Egan Warming Center has sent out a plea for new volunteers for the rest of the winter season. “The center already has been activated 23 nights so far this season, and we still have nine weeks to go before the Egan Warming Center season ends," says Shelley Corteville, the center’s director.

The Egan Warming Center provides vital emergency shelter to the homeless population in Eugene when temperatures drop below 30 degrees, and it relies on volunteers to staff the shelters during these nights. “Extended Egan activations take a heavy toll on volunteers,” says Terry McDonald, director of St. Vincent de Paul. “A surge of new volunteers similar to what we experienced last year will help ensure that we have the staffing needed to open all available sites.”

Volunteers must be over the age of 18 and attend a mandatory training before they can volunteer. The shelter is hosting a training session today,  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, "Thursday Jan. 26, at the First Christian Church, 1166 Oak Street. Citizens can also donate blankets, sleeping bags, coats, socks and other items to keep people warm by dropping them off at any St. Vincent de Paul location. Go to eganwarmingcenter.com for more information, or donate online at svdp.us/get-involved/donate/.