Did you know that during the cold winter months, there is an increase in the number of individuals who are experiencing homelessness in Lancaster County? To accommodate this increased need, the Lancaster County Council of Churches (in conjunction with the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness) runs an emergency winter shelter for women and their children at the YWCA December through mid-March. To keep the doors open, volunteers from various congregations run the shelter during their assigned week. HUMC’s week to run the shelter is February 12-18.
2018 WINTER SHELTER VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
WHO: Volunteers from HUMC who are willing to help with setting up and running the emergency winter shelter for women and women with children who are experiencing homelessness
WHAT: To check-in the guests each evening and to staff the shelter during overnight hours
WHERE: The shelter is located in the gym of the Lancaster YWCA 110 N. Lime Street, Lancaster
WHEN: The week of Feb. 12 – 18. The shelter is open for guests from 7:30 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. Volunteers will be serving from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. to check-in the guests and from 9:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m. to run the shelter overnight.
WHY: During the winter months, there is an increase in homelessness in Lancaster that results in a shortage of emergency shelter beds. Since 2005, the Emergency Winter Shelter opens each year from December 8 to March 20.
8-10 Volunteers will be setting up from 6:30 p,m, to 9:00 p.m. in the following roles.
Greeter at front door
Receptionist – check guests in
Lay out beds
4 Volunteers are needed from 9:30 pm. to 8:30 a.m. to stay overnight, check women out and clean up the next morning.