The Snow Angels group is reaching out for more volunteers, as calls pour in by the hour while the latest snow storm covers the roads
The volunteer group says they are willing to help others, even if it means being stretched thin.
The City of Vancouver launched the program for residents who need help clearing their walkways.
Director of Digital and Contact Services Darcy Wilson says they’ve been averaging about 10 calls an hour, with only 20 volunteers on hand.
“It’s the elderly, or people that have disabilities, you know, they’re quite independent living on their own, but it’s getting out and it’s not as safe going down their stairs or out to their street, and it just might be harder for them to do. And shoveling snow is a little more physical work and sometimes they need a little help.”
A surge in calls for help
Wilson says over the last couple of years, they haven’t needed the help.
“This year is the first time in over a thousand days that we’ve been able to you know, launch the program and there’s lots of need for people out there to get help shoveling their sidewalks.”
But now, they’re needed more than ever.
“We’ve got about 20 active volunteers now, 80 residents that have asked for help, and we think that the number will grow to a hundred in the next couple hours.”
He says that he’s hopeful more people will reach out to the Snow Angels through the City of Vancouver website.