Officials seek more volunteer snow shovelers

Officials seek more volunteer snow shovelers

PAWTUCKET - City officials held a news conference last Friday to issue an appeal for more school-age volunteers to shovel snow off local sidewalks for senior citizens.

Even with 65 volunteers participating this year, the most ever in the third year of a program started by Mayor Donald Grebien, demand for volunteer shovelers has been greater than the supply of laborers able to clear snow for the growing list of seniors who need the assistance.

Volunteers clear sidewalks in front of homes, as required by city ordinance, and paths to mailboxes, but not driveways. There is no charge for the service. Seniors receiving the service may seek further arrangements with their volunteer if they so choose.

Seniors liaison Beth Roberge, who herself works as a volunteer, said she currently has 25 seniors on her waiting list awaiting volunteers, and she continually receives new requests. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact Roberge by calling 401-728-0500, ext. 241, or emailing broberge@pawtucketri.com.