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Mayor Allen Joines is asking city residents to volunteer at the emergency overflow shelter that will open Jan. 1 at First Baptist Church on Fifth Street. This year the emergency overflow shelter will be open seven days a week.

Six volunteers are needed to operate the overflow shelter each night. Volunteers serve from 8 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. the following morning and assist with check-in, assigning mats, and monitoring the guests. Volunteers work in shifts and are able to get a partial night’s sleep. The overflow shelter will operate through March 31.

Joines said, "With the emergency shelter open seven days a week this winter, I strongly urge all city residents to support this initiative by helping staff the shelter. This is a great opportunity for church groups, civic clubs and community organizations to help meet this urgent need."

Citizens interested in volunteering should contact the Overflow Shelter Volunteer Coordinator at 723-4391 ext. 445. For more information about the emergency overflow shelter, contact Dianne Dawson Garrett of The Advocacy for the Poor at 725-6155 or

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