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Youth to Senior Snow Shoveling Program to Continue this Winter

PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald R. Grebien and Senior Liaison Beth Roberge announced today that the Pawtucket’s Youth to Senior Shoveling Program will begin accepting requests from Pawtucket seniors to be placed on the list to be matched with a snow shoveling volunteer for this winter. After another successful season last year matching dedicated youth volunteers with senior citizens from the Pawtucket community who need assistance in shoveling their stairs and sidewalks, the City of Pawtucket is proud to continue this program.

Through this program, youth volunteers donate their time and effort to help elderly residents of Pawtucket who are unable to shovel snow during the harsh winter months. Youth are paired with senior citizens in their neighborhood and are deployed to the senior’s residence during and after snowfall that requires shoveling. Shoveling stairs poses numerous health risks to seniors. This program is designed to reduce seniors’ exposure to those risks in difficult winter conditions. Thanks to the help of the Pawtucket Public School Department and our local schools, the City’s Senior Liaison is able to recruit student volunteers from our schools.

Seniors interested in receiving shoveling assistance or obtaining further information about the program can contact the director of the program, Beth Roberge by calling 401-728-0500, extension 241. If Ms. Roberge is not immediately able to answer, people are encouraged to leave a message with their complete name, address and telephone number. Ms. Roberge may also be contacted by emailing broberge@pawtucketri.com.

Seniors should note that this volunteer-based service is not guaranteed, even if they called in early and were placed on the list. The service is contingent upon the availability of youth volunteers in the neighborhood. Seniors will be paired with youth who are signed up to volunteer in their neighborhoods. It is also important for seniors to note that if they were on the list last year, they must reapply to be placed on the list again this year. The City of Pawtucket is committed to serving as many residents as possible through this initiative, and thanks all volunteers for serving the community.

 

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