You don't need wings or a halo to be an angel — sometimes, all it requires is a shovel, warm clothes and a can-do attitude.
Today (Nov. 2), Coquitlam is making its annual call for local heavenly hosts willing to volunteer this winter to do just that.
In a release, the city explains it's recruiting Snow Angels who are able to lend a helping hand shovelling sidewalks, as it can be daunting for those not physically able to complete the task.
"Winter can be isolating and difficult for seniors and those with mobility or accessibility concerns," adds Coquitlam community recreation manager Debbie Clavelle, noting those who live at higher elevations are likely to need more assistance.
"Snow Angel volunteers are paired with neighbours in need, who are within walking distance, to assist in clearing snow from their city adjacent sidewalk within 24 hours of snowfall. When it snows, you go!"
Residents interested in signing up for the Snow Angel program must be at least 16 years old, live in Coquitlam and be in adequate shape to shovel snow.
Training, shovels, reflective vests, scarves and toques are set to be provided.
The city also explains there's a one- or two-home commitment per session with requests being weather dependent.
Clavelle says the program aims to keep neighbours safe when walking in the snow and becoming a Snow Angel can create memories with friends and family.
She also encourages high-schoolers to join the cause as the time can count toward community service hours needed to graduate.
For more information about the Snow Angel program and how to request volunteers when the snow flies, you're encouraged to visit the city's website.
DON'T HAVE THE TIME?
Coquitlam says there are other ways to keep yourself and neighbours safe during winter as the sense of urgency can be grueling for everyone.
For those who can't volunteer for the Snow Angel program, the city lists the following tips to consider:
- Plan to help; don’t wait for them to ask
- Consider your neighbours who might need a helping hand with shoveling and other tasks like mail pick-up, garbage set-out or grocery shopping
- Keep your neighbourhood safe for everyone
- Slippery sidewalks are hazardous for everyone – particularly for seniors, those with mobility challenges and parents with strollers
- If you notice a covered sidewalk, help to clear it
"While the city works to keep roads safe and reduce service disruptions, residents are encouraged to do their part by clearing sidewalks and catch basins, parking off-street to allow for plowing, and being prepared for extended power failures or impassable roads," Clavelle says.
You can also visit the City of Coquitlam website for information on its snow clearing services.