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More volunteers needed for Warming Center to operate

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- With temperatures dropping down to single digits next week, the new Rochester Community Warming Center is set to open soon.

Saturday morning, volunteers went through an hour long orientation to prepare themselves for their duties.

Some of their duties will be assisting the Catholic Charities staff member, helping guests with intake forms, but above all volunteers will be a welcoming presence to those who walk-in.

On any given night at the center, there will be a a staff member and ideally two volunteers.

Typical shifts for volunteers are from 8:30 p.m to 2 a.m. with the second shift starting at 2 a.m. to 7 a.m., but those times can be flexible.

As of Saturday there are about 60-70 volunteers and organizers say the goal is 200.

Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministries Program Director Thomas Parlin.

"We need many volunteers to back up this endeavor because we'd like to have three at any given time in the building and no less than two," stated Thomas Parlin, Parish Social Ministries Program Director, Catholic Charities.

The center will be having a soft opening Wednesday December 11th. However, organizers say doors don't open with only one person, and the hope is to be open every night.

If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities, click here.

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