The Strafford County Extreme Cold Weather Warming Center in Somersworth will be opening through the weekend and early next week with more cold weather in the forecast.

The City of Dover announced that the facility, known as the Tri-City warming center, will be open between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. nightly from Friday until Tuesday, according to an announcement.

The facility located at 30 Willand Drive in Somersworth.

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Staffing will be provided by the Strafford County and SOS Recovery Community Organization, the announcement read. Volunteers will also be on-site, and more help is needed.

The announcement said the warming center cannot accept volunteers under 18, even if accompanied by a parent or adult. Some volunteer tasks are set up, client check-in, laundry, cleaning, refreshments, client engagement, and clean-up, per the announcement. Volunteers may also sign up for multiple shifts during the activation.

Here is an excerpt from the City of Dover's announcement:

The warming center is also seeking volunteers to assist with breakfast-to-go each day, including meals prepared offsite and placed in to-go bags. Additional snack donations are also needed.

Partners and municipalities are asked to help transport at-risk or unsheltered clients to the warming center when possible. During this activation, the warming center will be unable to transport clients to or from the center.

Those seeking to warm up may arrive anytime during the activation times each day. Referrals or reservations are not required. COVID-19 coronavirus precautions are in place, including hand hygiene, social distancing, and required masking. Cots are available at the warming center; however, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, no evening meals are provided. Donations are not being accepted at this time.

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