The Waterville Area Warming Center opened on Saturday, December 1st to an appreciative crowd looking for a warm space during a weekend of cold, wintery weather. The Center, which is now open every day, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm, provides a warm and comfortable place for people to come in out of the cold. Managed by United Way of Mid-Maine and located at 9 Water Street, this is the Center’s second year in operation. Tina Chapman, President/CPO of United Way of Mid-Maine states that the community has again rallied to bring the Warming Center to fruition. According to Chapman the Center is supported by generous donations from community partners such as the Sunrise Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Waterville, the City of Waterville, the Town of Winslow, MaineGeneral, Bank of America Foundation, and several others. “We are still raising funds but we are close to meeting our goal of $25,000 to run the Center for the winter season. All donations are matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor, so every contribution we receive for the Warming Center is actually doubled”.
Warming Center Opens During a Wintery Weekend
According to Chapman, the Warming Center’s first opening weekend was a success. “On Saturday at one point we had 24 people include a few young children. On Sunday some of our guests decided to put up and decorate a Christmas tree for the Center. It is incredibly heartwarming to be able to provide a warm, comfortable space for our fellow community members.” The Warming Center is available to any community member who would like to come spend time there. “We know that there are folks in our community who are trying to conserve fuel by turning the heat down in their apartments or homes during the day. We welcome those folks to take advantage of the Warming