News Maker Robyn Miller of WATTS on the opening of the cooling center

It is hot and dry and cooling centers are available around the region including the War Memorial Building and Handley Library in Winchester.

In Warren County the Public Safety Building, Community Center, and Government Center are open for cooling.

Clarke County’s Library, and Recreation Center are also available for cooling off.

We spoke with the Director of the Winchester Area Temporary Transitional Shelter (WATTS) about the opening of their facility in our latest news maker.

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Robyn tells us that showers are available at the WATTS cooling center.

She also tells us that food and water are available to help cool off and hydrate.

Robyn also tells us how we can help in the effort to keep the shelter going.

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News Maker Robyn Miller on the Coldest Night Walk

The Winchester Area Temporary Transitional Shelter (WATTS) is preparing for the international Coldest Night of the Year walk.

We spoke to WATTS’ Executive Director Robyn Miller about Winchester’s plan for the walk in our latest news maker.

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Robyn tells us that last year was a great success with over 400 walkers which turned out to be the second largest group in the United States.

This year Robyn is hoping for 700 or more people to participate which could be the largest group in the United States.

The walk is February 24 with registration and additional information found here.

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News Maker Robin Miller on WATTS fundraisers

The Winchester Area Temporary Transitional Shelter (WATTS) has a couple of fundraisers in our future.

We spoke to the Shelter’s Executive Director Robin Miller about some of the events in our latest news maker.

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Robin tells us of a major fundraiser this Saturday September 16 with the band Shag and great food.

She also tells us of some of the additional services that WATTS offers the homeless in the Winchester area.

Robin also tells us of some of the other fundraisers still to come to support the shelter.

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Coldest Night of the Year walks through Winchester

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WATTS Thermal Shelter is participating in the Coldest Night of the Year Walk today starting at 4 pm.

The fundraiser began in Canada in 2011 and has since raised $55 million to support homeless individuals through local charities.

This is the first year WATTS has brought the program to Winchester which hopes to become an annual event.

The walk is held in the cold winter weather to help people step out of their comfort zone and understand what it may feel like to be homeless during this time of year.

Individuals or teams are invited to participate in a 2k or 5k loop within Winchester’s City limits starting at Braddock Street United Methodist Church.

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News Maker Robin Miller Exec. Director for WATTS

News Maker Robin Miller Executive Director for Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter speaks with Scott Bradley about their upcoming Caring & Sharing Event.

She also tells us about advocating for our fellow citizens and how difficult it is to break the cycle of homelessness.

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WATTS cooling center opens doors

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Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter opened a cooling center at the Market Street United Methodist Church.

The shelter will be open from noon to 5 pm, Monday- Saturday as well as this Sunday based on the forecast.

Donations of refreshing drinks like water, vitamin water and Gatorade for the guest will be graciously accepted.

Should an area emergency occur during the heat like a power outage your local sheriff’s offices will post shelter locations on social media pages.

The Virginia Department of Social Services is accepting applications for cooling assistance through August 15 at your local Social Services office.

The Department of Health reminds residents to seek shelter and shade whenever you can.

If you are working outdoors, hydration is essential with at least 2 to 4 glasses of water recommended every hour.

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WATTS offers a cooling center in Winchester

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The Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS) will offer a cooling center at the Market Street United Methodist Church starting August 2.

The shelter will be available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays noon to 5 p.m..

The shelter will be opened Thursdays from noon to 4:30 p.m..

Those in need are welcome to a drink a snack charge a phone and use the bathroom.

Donations and volunteers are needed for the shelter if you can help call (540) 327-5431.

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