For all of you who are looking to sign up to volunteer at the Inclement Weather Center in Columbia, SC, please remember that the shelter is not open every night. We make the decision to open or close based on the National Weather Service and its prediction of whether or not the temperature will dip to 40 degrees and below and/or if there is snow/sleet/ice.
**If you sign up for a night and the call is made not to open, please stay on the lookout for an email and an opportunity to reschedule your volunteer time.
**All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
Volunteers are needed on those nights that the shelter is open to help greet clients, handout blankets and sheets, help with registration, and direct traffic to specific areas (bathrooms, beds, etc.). The IWC is located at 191 Calhoun Street, close to the Marionette theater near the River Walk off of Laurel Street. Most volunteers are needed between 5:30pm-7:45pm and 5:15am-7:15am.
The decision to open or close is made each day at 11:45 AM and an email is sent out by 2:30 PM to all on-call volunteers informing them if we will be open that evening.