November 29, 2011 |

City ‘Snow Angels' will help seniors this winter

The last of seven announced ServePGH initiatives called "Snow Angels" has been launched by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

Through the volunteerism campaign more than 1,000 citizens have helped revitalize city blocks, restore vulnerable resident's homes, mentor middle-school youths and more. The Snow Angels initiative connects volunteers with seniors or physically disabled residents this winter who need help shoveling their sidewalks, steps and walkways.

Residents can request a Snow Angel and able-bodied citizens or organizations can apply to volunteer at the city's ServePGH website at www. snowangels.pittsburghpa.gov.

"Winters in Pittsburgh can be unpredictable and often very difficult for our seniors," Ravenstahl said. "This program will help our most vulnerable residents stay safe and have one less worry this winter. I encourage residents and organizations to help their neighbors and to be enriched themselves through community volunteerism."

To be matched with a Snow Angel, residents must be age 60 or older, or have a physical disability and lack access to other snow removal resources. The city will provide volunteers with melting salt, brightly colored vests and a snow shovel. The program will kick-off during the first snow fall. More than 50 Snow Angels have already signed on.

The City-County Taskforce for Disabilities will help reach out to residents that qualify for assistance. 

"Winter months have been difficult for seniors and people with disabilities because our sidewalks and our neighbors' sidewalks are often un-shoveled and treacherous," said Paul O'Hanlon, chairperson of the taskforce and Staff Attorney for the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania. "The Snow Angels program will give those residents more safety and allow them to enjoy the season."

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