Volunteers needed for Boutwell warming stations

BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) - During the recent span of freezing temperatures, Boutwell Auditorium has become a refuge for those who live on the streets in Birmingham, and the city is looking for volunteers to help city workers with the growing number of people looking for a place to stay on these cold nights.

Hands On Birmingham is a non-profit organization that is seeking 15 volunteers for two shifts at Boutwell, from 6 p.m. to midnight, and from midnight to 7 a.m.

"We have been short of that number," Tree Davidson of Hands on Birmingham said. "We have never gotten to 15 per shift we needed to. We've gotten by but we need more volunteers to sign up."

Last weekend, Bethel Baptist Church of Pratt City volunteered and provided barbeque chicken for those at the warming station and will be back Tuesday. Monday night, another organization is providing hot dogs.

The city of Birmingham is hoping other organizations will step up and be available if the need arises on similar cold nights in the future.

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