Mandated training scheduled for volunteers seeking to help out at seasonal shelter

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Training sessions are scheduled for any volunteers who want to help out at the Alms House in Dover. (Courtesy photo)

ROCHESTER - Anyone interested in volunteering at the Strafford County Extreme Cold Weather Emergency Shelter is invited to take part in upcoming training session being held in Rochester and Dover.

The sessions begin today with at the McConnell Center in Dover from 6-8 p.m., followed by one on Saturday at the Alms House located on the county complex in Dover from 10 a.m.-noon.

There will also be a training session on Monday at the Rochester Library from 6-8 p.m.

Each of the sessions are identical to one another, and anyone interested in volunteering at the emergency shelter this winter must have completed this training program.

The training is also recommended for anyone who would like to support any city, town or local agency shelter operation.

"We're eager to welcome volunteers to support this critical lifesaving effort, which has become a hallmark of our county's efforts to protect the less fortunate during extreme winter cold," Rochester Fire Chief Mark Klose said. "However, it's important that all volunteers are well informed and trained so that they can most effectively fulfill their responsibilities."

The Extreme Cold Weather Emergency Shelter is activated on an as-needed basis in order to provide homeless members of the community with a refuge from life-threatening cold weather during the winter.

Anyone with questions may contact directly. Light refreshments will be provided at the training sessions.

To sign up, click here.

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