Snow is here and more "Angels" are required.
The Corporation of Delta seeks additional volunteer help for its Snow Angels program, now in its third year.
Snow Angels is a volunteer-based program that provides free snow removal to Delta residents in single-family homes who are 65 and older or anyone who has a physical disability.
Deborah Fenske, Snow Angels' volunteer co-ordinator in North Delta, said volunteers from Delta Police have come aboard to help with some shoveling. But there remain areas in definite need of additional volunteers.
"We could definitely use some more help," said Linsay Jamieson-Powell, a co-ordinator of volunteers.
Sunshine Hills near Seaquam Secondary school, Annieville and the area between Scott Road and 118th Street, in and around Jarvis Elementary, are specific regions where the Snow Angels program is currently looking for volunteers to fill.
But anyone, not just people from those areas, is encouraged to help, said Jamieson-Powell.
Liz Gibson, a co-ordinator at Kennedy Senior's Recreation Centre, said the program helps promote community awareness. "It's all about neighbours helping neighbours," she said.
North Delta resident Murdina Paavila, 93, said she doesn't know what she would have done without the Snow Angels during one of the worst snow days last year.
"The program helps alleviate some of the hardship," said Paavila. "I have to get out for groceries and doctor's appointments . . . and I can't shovel snow like I used to."
Jamieson-Powell said the program does try to ensure volunteers aren't overworked, and a part of that is pairing helpers with seniors who live nearby.
"Also, the more volunteers the better as it means fewer houses per volunteer."
Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and in good physical shape. Application forms can be found online at delta.ca and at all Delta recreation centres. For additional information, call 604-946-3288 or email email@example.com. Those in North Delta in need of assistance with snow removal can call 604-594-2717.
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