The Strafford County Extreme Cold Weather Warming Center is once again opening its doors for those seeking a place to come in from the bitter cold.

It will open Thursday night, March 4, and remain open each night from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. through Monday morning, March 8.

The warming center is located at 30 Willand Drive in Somersworth.

The Dover, Rochester and Somersworth emergency management directors made the call to open the warming center because of another forecast of life-threatening low temperatures "that will likely diminish the availability of existing shelter space," per the press release.

If you're looking to volunteer and help out the center, people are needed to assist with tasks, like set-up and take-down, client check-in, laundry, cleaning and client engagement.

For more information and to sign up for a shift, visit here.

If you can provide a warm to-go breakfast, visit here.

If you can provide any donations, such as hats, gloves, etc., visit here.

Those who can, help take at-risk or unsheltered people to the warming center when possible, because the center staff will be unable to take people to or from the center.

COAST Bus also has agreed to take anyone on their way to the center to the closest bus stops at no cost. On Bus Route 1, the nearest stop is the Holy Trinity Church at 404 High St. in Somersworth. On Bus Route 12, the closest stop is Key Buick GMC of Somersworth, located at 155 Route 108 in Somersworth.

If you need help with basic emergency needs contact the welfare departments in your community.

  • Dover: The public welfare department is at the McConnell Center, 61 Locust St. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (603) 516-6500. For those who need assistance after hours, call Police Dispatch at 742-4646.
  • Somersworth: The Welfare / Human Services department is at City Hall, 1 Government Way. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (603) 692-9509.
  • Rochester: The Municipal Welfare Department is at City Hall, 31 Wakefield St. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (603) 332-3505.
  • New Hampshire residents may also dial 211 in the state anytime, day or night, to help locate critical resources.

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