Individuals, businesses and community organizations are needed again this winter to volunteer to shovel snow for those who are unable to clear their sidewalks and driveways themselves. The Public Works and Utilities Department's Snow Angels program links volunteers willing to shovel snow with residents who need the service. Those wishing to volunteer may sign up online at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: snow).
About 60 individuals, three churches, a UNL student organization and a Nebraska Wesleyan fraternity participated in Snow Angels last winter. Scott Opfer, Engineering Services Manager, urged individuals, businesses and organizations to sign up before it snows so the service is available when it is needed. He said the program has helped several hundred residents with snow removal since its inception in 2012.
Those who need the help can find volunteers near their home online or by calling the Snow Center 402-441-7644 during regular business hours. Due to limited staffing, those needing assistance are asked to wait until after it has snowed to call the Snow Center for assistance.
Aging Partners has a separate snow removal program for low-income seniors who live in their homes, have no family or neighbors who can help with snow removal, and are physically unable to do snow removal for themselves. To determine if a senior is eligible, call Aging Partners Handyman Program at 402-441-7030 or 7031.