SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Despite the hot weather, the Salvation Army in Springfield has not opened its emergency cooling centers -- at least not yet.
But officials say they're in need of volunteers to help run the shelter when it does open, which could happen later this week.
The Salvation Army opens its cooling center when the National Weather Service issues a heat advisory or excessive heat warning. No advisories or warnings have been issued yet, but the nonprofit's lobby is always open to anyone who needs a drink of water or temporary respite from the elements.
Anyone wishing to volunteer their time can call the Salvation Army at (417) 862-5509; also, those wishing to donate a box for someone in need can drop it off at 1707 West Chestnut Expressway.