Welcome Center offers opportunities

Last year, more than 41,000 people passed through the Elkins Depot Welcome Center.

“Folks from all over have heard that Elkins has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere,” said Ed Griesel, who heads up the Welcome Center. “Right now we are in need of more volunteers to impart this welcome upon visitors to Elkins.”

The Elkins Depot Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We are looking for people who have a day or a half-day a week, or someone who can give us time a few days a month,” Griesel said.

Volunteers donate time greeting and talking to folks from all over the United States.

“We have lots of brochures and flyers, more than 400 pieces about our area. People are usually looking for events to attend, attractions to see, places to stay, or venues for dining,” Griesel said. “A general knowledge of the area is helpful as we are called on to give directions quite often.”

Manning the Elkins Depot Welcome Center can be lots of fun for volunteers of all ages. If you like to meet new people, share in our local history, have fun and learn new things, there will be an orientation on March 27 at the Welcome Center starting at 4 p.m. Afterward there will be a volunteer appreciation get-together that new volunteers are welcome to stay for at 5:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the Elkins Depot Welcome Center can call (304) 635-7803 or email elkinswelcomecenter@gmail.com.