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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Community Relations Director
The Salvation Army
Office: (417) 862-5509 ext. 116
Cell: (417) 763-1357
UNPRECEDENTED NEED CONTINUES
FOR THE SALVATION ARMY'S
EXTREME EMERGENCY COLD WEATHER SHELTER
Volunteers and donations still urgently needed to sustain the EECWS's operations
Springfield, MO (February 04, 2014) - Record numbers of individuals continue to rely on The Salvation Army's Extreme Emergency Cold Weather Shelter.
The Extreme Emergency Cold Weather Shelter, or EECWS, will be open through at least overnight Thursday February 6th, but could likely remain open through the weekend due to the bitterly cold temperatures.
To date, 415 individuals have sought shelter at The Salvation Army's Extreme Emergency Cold Weather Shelter during the 40 days it has been open. This number has surpassed last year's total by nearly 200 individuals.
"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," Major Norman Grainger, Corps Officer, said. "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."
Additional volunteers are still urgently needed to 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.
"Volunteers play a vital role in allowing us to provide this life-saving assistance program to the community," Audrey Esther, Community Relations Director, said.
EECWS volunteers are needed primarily from 6 pm until 8 am at The Salvation Army's main location - 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.
"It would be very challenging, if not impossible, to operate this program without volunteers," Esther said.
The Salvation Army activates its Extreme Emergency Cold Weather Shelter when the National Weather Service forecasts a wind chill of 14 degrees or below or there appears to be significant need in the community to activate the shelter. EECWS clients are provided with a cot to sleep on during the night, a hot breakfast in the morning and access to shower facilities.
"Many of the individuals seeking shelter at the Emergency Cold Weather Shelter have absolutely nowhere else to go," Grainger said.
For more information about applying to be an Extreme Emergency Cold Weather Shelter volunteer please call 862-5509 ext. 116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org y.org.
Those interested in volunteering will need to complete all volunteer forms as well as undergo a thorough background check.
The Emergency Cold Weather Shelter is just one of The Salvation Army's many local shelter and housing programs. Every single night, The Salvation Army provides shelter or housing for an average of 70 local individuals through programs such as the Family Enrichment Center, New Start Housing, and Harbor House.
The Salvation Army's year-round programs and services are made possible in part through donations received during the annual Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign.
Currently, The Salvation Army remains approximately $29,000 short of reaching its Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign fundraising goal. The funds raised during the annual Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign allow The Salvation Army to provide much-needed programs and services to thousands of local residents all year long.
For more information about The Salvation Army, its shelter, housing or assistance programs please visit www.usc.salvationarmy.org/springfield-mo
To support The Salvation Army's local programs and services by making a monetary donation please mail checks to: The Salvation Army P.O. Box 9685 Springfield MO 65801-9685, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or visit http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.