Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan is asking residents to consider making donations to the Interactive Resource Center
(IRC) and the YWCA
to help those experiencing homelessness combat the cold temperatures. The City of Greensboro’s Winter Emergency Response Plan is in effect.
“In Greensboro, we’re experiencing dangersously cold temperatures this week,” said Mayor Vaughan. “Our community partners do everything possible to offer a warm and welcoming place for those experiencing homelessness, but they need our help. Please consider donating gently used coats, blankets, gloves and hats.”
IRC’s Donation Wish List:
• twin-sized or larger blankets and adult cold-weather sleeping bags
• heavy winter coats sizes M-3X
• adult male-sized hats, gloves, socks, thermals, hand and foot warmers
• value-sized coffee, sugar, and creamer and 8-ounce foam cups
• individually wrapped grab-and-go snacks
• value-sized high efficiency laundry detergent
• backpacks, tents and tarps.
Items can be sent directly to the IRC via its Amazon wishlist or dropped off between 8 am and 3 pm weekdays or 8 am to 12 pm weekends.
YWCA’s Donation Wish List:
• Cup of Noodles and instant oatmeal
• snack cakes, peanut butter crackers, chips, and granola bars
• pop-top containers of tuna, beans and fresh fruit
• juice packs and water
Items can be dropped off from 9 am to 5 pm weekdays at the YWCA offices, 1807 E. Wendover Ave.
The emergency response plan triggers a “white flag emergency” when the forecast calls for temperatures of 25 degrees or below for at least two consecutive hours. Under white flag conditions, emergency warming centers with relaxed admission rules open at the YWCA and IRC. The IRC expands its operations to a 24-hour service, coordinating the emergency response efforts and serving as a welcome center.
The white flag will be flying outside the IRC at 407 E. Washington St. on days when the warming centers will be open. Individuals in need of shelter on a white flag night should visit or call the IRC, 336-332-0824.