KVC WARMING STATION
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.
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 email@example.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
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.
If you are interested in volunteering at the warming station, please contact Margaret O'Neal at
(304) 340-3503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.