Elizabethtown organization needs volunteers for shelter [United Way column] | Together

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On the first official day of spring 2022, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and some of the trees outside my window are starting to bud. Tulips and daffodils appear. Even if you love the cold and the snow, spring seems like a welcome time of year for almost everyone.

(If you suffer from spring allergies, you’ve probably already sought relief!)

Although it is unusual for Lancaster County to see snow in April, average nighttime temperatures are generally in the high 40s and the month is often cloudy and rainy. Just imagine spending the night outside in April – not a pleasant experience, but something homeless people might face.

Elizabethtown Area HUB and ECHOS (Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services) operate a winter shelter at Community Place in Washington, 61 E. Washington St., Elizabethtown. Originally slated to close on April 1, the shelter welcomed record numbers of guests over the winter and recently announced that it would keep the shelter open until April 28 to better serve the community.

The refuge is run daily by volunteers in the evening, at night and in the morning; the extended period until April will require additional volunteers.

Please visit their volunteer website to view the schedule and register: lanc.news/EtownECHOS.

In addition, the shelter will need hot, prepared meals and supplies through April. Please email [email protected]

lancaster.org for more information or visit their Amazon Wish List to purchase needed items: lanc.news/EtownWishList.

Spring cleaning

Spring activities often include spring cleaning. Habitat for Humanity Lancaster Lebanon operates Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 155 Independence Court in Lancaster. ReStore accepts donations of gently used furniture, appliances, cabinets, home accessories, and building materials for resale. If you have materials to donate, please call 717-293-0250 to schedule a pickup or to confirm their donation times.

You can also shop at Lancaster Habitat ReStore for your own home projects. And you can volunteer as a Truck Helper, Merchandiser, Inventory Picker, Donation Receiver Volunteer, or Sales Ambassador.

The Habitat Volunteer Orientation Calendar is available here: lanc.news/HabitatVolunteer.

For more information on group volunteering, email [email protected]

To find other volunteer opportunities, visit uwlanc.org/volunteer. Agency volunteer coordinators should submit current and upcoming needs to [email protected]

n Barbara Zercher is the Stewardship Director for the United Way of Lancaster County.

Barbara Zercher is Director of Stewardship for United Way of Lancaster County.

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