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The Licking County Emergency Warming Center Task Force is offering a volunteer training course on Wednesday, February 12, for those interested in volunteering at warming centers
 
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Warming Center Volunteer Training | Feb. 12
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/04/2020 LICKING COUNTY, OHIO –
 
The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) is included in a partnership between local agencies and organizations known as the Licking County Emergency Warming Center Task Force. The task force aims to coordinate and establish warming centers in Licking County for individuals who are in need of a warm and safe place to temporarily shelter on extremely cold nights during the winter.

The Licking County Emergency Warming Center Task Force is offering community members a training course on Wednesday, February 12, for those interested in volunteering at warming centers during Licking County’s cold season. Volunteers are encouraged to attend the training course at the Salvation Army, located at 250 E. Main St. in Newark, from 6 pm to 8 pm.
 
The Volunteer Training Course will educate volunteers on what to expect at a warming center and their potential roles and responsibilities along topics covering cold weather awareness, basic shelter operations and communicating with the homeless population.
 
The Emergency Warming Center Task Force consists of representatives from LCHD, the Licking County Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Pathways of Central Ohio/211, Mental Health & Recovery of Licking and Knox Counties, Newark Homeless Outreach, Licking County Humane Society, Licking County Coalition for Housing, Licking Memorial Hospital, United Way of Licking County, the Faith-Based Community including Central Christian Church, Licking County Community in Action, and Vertical 196. The group meets at the the Licking County Foundation.

Together, the representatives prepare warming centers when inclement weather arises. This includes identifying buildings that can serve as warming centers and training volunteers to assist in the warming centers.
Licking County Warming Center Volunteer Training:

The Volunteer Training Course on Wednesday, February 12 at Salvation Army from 6 pm to 8 pm will educate volunteers on what to expect at a warming center and their potential roles and responsibilities, along topics covering cold weather awareness, basic shelter operations and communicating with the homeless population.

The training course is being led by representatives from the Licking County Emergency Management Agency.
Click "going" on the Licking County Emergency Warming Center Task Force Volunteer Training to get updates about the event and hear about additional upcoming volunteer opportunities.
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Licking County Health Department Media Contact:
Olivia Biggs, Public Information Officer
obiggs@lickingcohealth.org | (740) 349-6488
“The Licking County Health Department serves more than 160,000 citizens in the Licking County General Health District by preventing disease, protecting the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles with a vision of healthy people living in healthy communities.”
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