For the past three years, the Kanawha Valley Collective, United Way of Central WV and the City of Charleston have run a temporary warming station/shelter for the homeless living on the street, and those living with inadequate heating in Kanawha County. 

The ultimate goal of the warming station is to keep our fellow human beings warm, safe, fed and alive during freezing, inclement weather. The warming station is located in Charleston at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center before mid-December, and at the Salvation Army from

mid-December to early Spring.

In 2019, the Charleston Warming Stations temporarily housed 75 persons on average, with one night seeing 97 individuals.

In 2020, Cabin Creek Health Systems began offering free medical care at the warming station.

Our warming station opens as soon as the weather is predicted to drop to 15 degrees Fahrenheit with windchill. The warming station is open 9pm-7am.

The warming station is staffed by KVC agency partners, volunteers, and two paramedics and two police officers. Training is provided for volunteers.

Donations Accepted

We will gladly accept new blankets, toboggans, gloves, hand warmers, latex gloves, disinfectant, and liquid soap. You can drop these items off at the United Way in Charleston Monday through Thursday 8am-4pm, and Friday 8am-2pm.

If you are interested in donating food, snacks and coffee for the warming station, please contact Jill Ash at rogerandjillash@gmail.com. 

Charleston Warming Station 

All homeless persons living on the street and those living with inadequate heating are welcome at the warming station, regardless of whether or not they've been expelled from the other four shelters in Kanawha County. The warming station opens once the weather is predicted to drop to 15 degrees Fahrenheit with windchill.

Hours Open: 9pm-7am


Current Location: Salvation Army

                   301 Tennessee Avenue

                   Charleston, WV 25302


Contact: Traci Strickland

(304) 346-6638 or kanawhavalleycollective@yahoo.com

Volunteer Needs

The KVC needs 9-12 volunteers per night to successfully run the warming station. Three shifts are available: 8pm-12am, 12-4am and 4-8am. Volunteers will help with cleaning, disinfecting, passing out blankets, pillows, toboggans, gloves and snacks, and signing people in.

Volunteer Contact

If you are interested in volunteering at the warming station, please contact Margaret O'Neal at

(304) 340-3503 or moneal@unitedwaycwv.org.

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Kanawha Valley Collective

1 United Way Square

Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: (304) 346-6638

*The Kanawha Valley Collective policy is to provide equal opportunity to all persons without

regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion,

national origin, age, familial status, disability, protected  veteran status, or other bases

protected by applicable law.