The Augusta Community Warming Center run by the United Way of Kennebec Valley is set to open for the season on Thursday, according to a press release from the agency.

The center is designed to provide a warm place for people who need somewhere to go during the day and will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

“Many of us are able to bundle up to clear snow off our vehicles, travel to the grocery store, visit with friends and go to work,” said center director Deidrah Stanchfield in the press release. “But some folks would spend their entire day without a place to keep warm if they didn’t have the warming center.”

In the 2015-16 season, 3,155 visitors signed in to the center. Staff and volunteers are on hand to provide information about local social services.

The warming center is located on the lower level of St. Mark’s Parish Hall at 9 Pleasant St. and is expected to remain open through March 31.

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