AUGUSTA — United Way of Kennebec Valley recently received a $10,000 grant from the Lawrence P. Ralston Fund and the Margaret S. Voight Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to hire a volunteer manager for the Augusta Community Warming Center, according to a news release from the center.

The Warming Center, an initiative of United Way that recently completed its eighth season, offers a safe, family friendly place for local people to gather during the winter months.

During the 2016-17 season, Warming Center volunteers logged more than 3,600 hours. Hiring a volunteer manager can strengthen the volunteer program and connect guests to local resources related to housing, employment and literacy.

“The Warming Center is a vital resource for so many individuals and families in our community, and we couldn’t operate without a significant volunteer force,” said Deidrah Stanchfield, the program’s director, according to the release. “A volunteer manager will enable us to more effectively leverage volunteers and provide intrinsic value for those looking to donate their time.”

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