Home Heating Challenge Group

The Home Heating Challenge Group, convened by United Way of Kennebec Valley, is a coalition open to individuals and organizations addressing needs facing Southern Kennebec County residents in keeping warm and safe through the winter months. For more information contact Rob Gordon of United Way of Kennebec Valley.


The Augusta Warming Center 

The location is in the lower level of St. Marks Church on 9 Pleasant Street in Augusta.  The Warming Center is opened  January through March ,  9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Sunday - that's everyday!!

Indoor Walking areas:

Here is a list of places in Southern Kennebec County to exercise indoors this winter. All locations will be available to walk in from November 1st to April 1st. When walking at a school, please change to a clean pair of indoor shoes and sign in at the office. Feel free to contact other schools in your town to see if they allow walking in the gym. Thank you to MoveMore for providing this list. For more places to walk check out www.movemore.org

  • Gardiner Area High School - 2:30 - 4:30 pm. (School Days) - Hallways
  • Riverview Community School, Pittston School Gym, T.C. Hamlin School Gym - 6:00 - 7:30 am. (School Days)
  • Helen Thompson Gym, Laura E. Richards Gym - 6:30 - 7:30 am. (School Days)
  • Marcia Buker School (Richmond) - 3:00 - 5:00 pm. M - Thurs. (School Days) Hallways
  • Longfellow's Greenhouses - During Hours of Operation

To stay healthy in the winter it is important to stay warm, inside and out. To get your internal heater going - get outside and play if at all possible!

Where to exercise outdoors this winter? The opportunities are nearly endless! 

Be a Winter Kid. Find out more at the WINTER KID website.

Take it Outside website lists events and outsite activities statewide.

Many communities create ice rinks for winter fun, so check with your town or city office to find out if there is one nearby!

Access a list of places on Healthy Maine Walks website, see our list by communities on our Places to be active page, and view a larger listing of places to play outdoors in our local towns. 

Please let us know of new facilities for outdoor winter activities in your southern Kennebec County community! Contact k.tucker@hccame.org or phone 207-588-5012.