PAWCATUCK — The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center will expand its hours on Thursdays and Saturdays, beginning Thursday, Jan. 10.

With its new schedule, the center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Previously the center was open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. Monday through Friday.

The expanded hours will provide flexibility and accessibility to the center’s clients and volunteers, Susan Sedensky, the center’s executive director, said in an email on Friday.

The new hours will be helpful to the center’s working clients who come to the center to receive services, such as parents who pick up food for the weekend through the Weekender Backpack Program, she said. The center serves the homeless and residents of Westerly, Stonington and North Stonington.

The new hours will also provide more volunteer opportunities for people who were working during the center’s regular hours.

“In the past, we have been approached by people who would like to volunteer but were only available in the evening or Saturdays due to work commitments,” said Sedensky. “This will give those people an opportunity to volunteer in the Food Pantry, Clothing Closet, Daily Living Supplies Program, Keeping Babies Warm and Well, Pet Shoppe and Weekender Backpack Program.”

The expanded schedule will also provide opportunities for Stonington High School students who have expressed interest in volunteering at the center after school, said Sedensky.  

“Also, if any employee groups, churches, or civic organizations would like to commit to working once each month, we would love to hear from them,” she said.

Anyone interested in volunteering should stop by the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center or contact Sedensky via www.pawcatuckneighborhoodcenter.org.

chewitt@thewesterlysun.com

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