Snow shoveling outreach – call to volunteers

On February 21, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

~Photo by Joan Campo McKenna

– Photo by Joan Campo McKenna

Are you looking for ways to help your neighbors this winter?  Are you a Somerville senior citizen or a resident with disabilities who needs assistance with shoveling?  The City of Somerville is seeking volunteers aged 18 and older to assist senior citizens and residents with disabilities with snow shoveling this winter, and accepting applications for residents needing assistance with shoveling.

The Somerville Council on Aging and SomerServe, the city’s volunteer program, currently maintain a database of volunteers, but with one of the most snowy Februaries on record, more volunteers are needed to assist with storm cleanup for residents who are unable to do so.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Nancy Bacci at NBacci@somervillemagov, or 617-625-6600 ext 2250.  A snow storm is forecast for this weekend, and volunteers who sign up by Friday, February 22 may be  called upon on Sunday for shoveling efforts. Thank you for your consideration.

If you are a Somerville teen, and interested in helping residents in need in return for a small stipend, please contact the Somerville Council on Aging at 617-625-6600 ext 2300 to learn more, or visit the Council on Aging page on the City website ( to download an application.

(From The City of Somerville)


2 Responses to “Snow shoveling outreach – call to volunteers”

  1. A. Moore says:

    Also thinking of seniors I notice that a lot of them have to walk out in the street and it’s bothersome as some have a hard time walking. They can’t always use the sidewalk because corner lots don’t always have an access to the street as some do not shovel a path at the corner to access the street from the sidwalk. Also where one property ends and another starts some pile the snow up there on the sidewalk so they again have to go back out in the street. Going down Fenwick Street from Broadway are 2 examples of this on the right hand side. All right for the younger crowd, but the older crowd will have to wait till Spring to have access to the sidewalks. So just clearing the sidewalks and hydrants are not enough. I know we are supposed to clear within so many hours and make a 42″ wide path, which most don’t but I think maybe we need to elaborate on it unless it is stated and i missed it. Maybe some just don’t think of it.

    BTW, this is a fine program.

  2. A Moore says:

    You do have to clear the corners. I finally found it.

    If you live on a corner lot, you are required to clear handicap ramps at crosswalks

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