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Volunteers Needed
Senior Services

Age Minimum (with Adult): 16+, Minimum Age:18+

2015 NYC Snow Removal Initiative

The City often encourages a “neighbors helping neighbors” policy during devastating events such as blackouts and heat waves; annual blizzards and snowstorms are no exception.

NYC Service’s Snow Removal Initiative is a last resort information-sharing and referral program that engages community based organizations to connect volunteers with homebound, home-owning seniors that require assistance with snow shoveling during the winter season.

Under a partnership with NYC Service, Catholic Charities New York will be mobilizing volunteers to match them with homebound seniors in various areas in NY during the entire winter season.

As a volunteer of the program, you will:

          Tune into snow reports

          Notice when snow stops falling

          Call senior to inform them of an approximate time for snow removal

          Confirm that snow removal equipment is readily accessible

          Thoroughly shovel walk, piling snow on grassy and/or non-public areas

          Return snow removal equipment where found

What to expect:

  •  Seniors will reside within a 20 minute walk from your residence
  •  Once you sign up, will we work to pair you up with a senior that is in your area. (Sometimes there may be a need outside your area)
  • Public transportation may be limited

Additional Information: This can be considered an “on-call” opportunity, so reliable and understanding volunteers are requested. In times of inclement weather, public transportation may be limited so volunteers will be expected to make changes accordingly. 

Recipients of the Snow Removal program may be age 60 or older and/or have a physical disability.
  They must also be a homeowner living within the five boroughs of New York City and lack access to the resources (financial resources and/or family/friends) to assist with snow removal.

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