Snow Angels needed to clear seniors' sidewalks
January 30, 2018
Mayor’s Office & Office of Community Affairs is calling for volunteers to assist elderly and disabled residents with home snow removal this winter
The Office of Mayor William Peduto and the Office of Community Affairs launched Pittsburgh Snow Angels-a city-wide program that pairs elderly or disabled city residents with volunteers to assist with snow removal during winter months.
This year marks year two the City has assumed full responsibility for this city-wide program. In the first year they discovered issues with pairing volunteers to recipients and recognized in order to meet the need they needed to increase the level of outreach.
By joining with partners at the county and reaching out to local non-profits, corporations, faith based institutions, educational institutions, they are hoping to fill the critical gap in volunteers.
They also realized the need to make it easier for volunteers to sign-up. Last year volunteers had to fill out handwritten consent forms. This year, volunteers can simply call 311 or fill out the application online to sign up. Once paired, city officials will reach out and contact those who have volunteered.
In addition to enhancing the process for recruitment, a text messaging service has been implemented which will notify volunteers of inclement weather. The text messaging system will work in conjunction with the Department of Public Works and their system for classifying snow levels. All volunteers will be notified for snow levels 1 and up.
Residents 60 years and older and those with disabilities seeking help can request an application by calling 311 or by visiting Snow Angels Program. City officials will try their best to match volunteers and participants in need.
Interested volunteers can sign up with a 311 operator or by filling out the online form at http://pittsburghpa.gov/snowangels/ or print and send to Community Affairs, Snow Angels Program, 414 Grant Street, Suite 512, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
Residents in need of snow removal assistance should call 311 or download an application at http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/HAL_snow_angels_app_16.pdf and return it to: Snow Angels Program, c/o Healthy Active Living Program 5344 Second Avenue, 2nd Fl., Pittsburgh, PA 15207; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or Fax to 412-422-4260.
Those calling from outside the City of Pittsburgh, should call 412-475-2459.