MARION – The City of Marion is accepting donations for the Warming Center at City Hall during normal business hours. Needed items include food items that need no preparation, coats, hats, gloves, and other cold weather clothing items. The City is also looking for volunteers to staff the center.
“We have received some very generous donations from the Salvation Army of Southern Illinois,” said Mayor Mike Absher. “They delivered warm socks, hats, blankets, inflatable mattresses, and cleaning items. We are always so thankful for all of our community partners and the Warming Center would not have been possible without help from the Salvation Army, Zion United Church of Christ, and Cornerstone Church. Members from our Fire and Police Departments have also helped to make this Center possible.”
If someone is interested in donating, call the Mayor’s Chief of Staff Cody Moake at 997-2612. If someone is interested in volunteering, sign up through Cornerstone Church’s volunteer portal here.
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MARION/CARBONDALE – The City of Marion has opened a warming center at the Marion Training Center, located at 211 E. Boulevard Street. It will be open daily from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. until further notice.
Masks will be required for anyone staying at the warming center and social distancing will be strictly followed.
In response to the dangerously low temperatures, the Carbondale Warming Center has opened an overflow section to accommodate a limited number of additional guests.
Executive Director Carmalita Cahill said guests will be provided with food and a warm place to sleep. Volunteers are needed to assist with the additional guests.
To volunteer, fill out an application on the Warming Center’s website.
Cahill added the Warming Center is also accepting donations of sleeping bags, paper products, and pre-cooked meals. Donations can be dropped off at 608 East College Street in Carbondale.