The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 13, 2013

More volunteers needed to staff Beckley hotlines

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — For the length of the Boy Scout Jamboree, July 15-24, volunteers for the City of Beckley will host two phone lines to answer questions from visitors in the area.

Kevin Taylor, director of Emergency Services for the City of Beckley, said city administrators, Beckley Community Emergency Response Team members and other Beckley residents have volunteered to man the phones.

“Mayor (Emmett) Pugh was the first to volunteer,” Taylor said.

Taylor and his wife will also answer calls during the Jamboree. The phone lines will be operational 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

“This really was the worst time to ask for volunteers with the Jamboree and the Friends of Coal Auto Fair going on, but people have been very generous with their time.”

Phone line operators will be able to answer questions about churches, restaurants, garages, local attractions, directions and more.

“We’re trying to put ourselves in their shoes. The sky’s the limit as to what type of questions we might get.”

He said the volunteers will be armed with Internet access, local yellow pages and multiple pamphlets provided by the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s the first time we’re trying it, but I think it will add a personal touch, with visitors speaking to the locals. It will show our hospitality.”

The phone lines are 681-238-5830 and 681-238-5831.

A few additional volunteers are needed for some of the time slots, either 8 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m.

For more information or to volunteer, call Kevin Taylor at 304-256-0034.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com