‘An experiment in kindness’: Belleville calls on volunteers to help neighbours shovel snow this winter

The City of Belleville is helping promote a “Snow Angels” program that pairs volunteers with residents who need help shovelling snow. Photo via Pixabay

Belleville and area residents can be angels this winter. 

As November nears, so does the southeastern Ontario winter weather, and the City of Belleville is helping promote the “Snow Angels” program. The Snow Angels initiative pairs a volunteer with a senior or a person who has restricted mobility and needs help shovelling snow on his or her property.

“Clearing snow can be a barrier for many people — older adults, people with disabilities, someone with an injury or even a parent with young children in the house,” the City of Belleville noted.

“It can affect an individual’s ability to stay active in our community and to live at home safely and as independently as possible.”

The Snow Angels neighbourhood program allows people who need help shoveling snow from their driveways and walkways to connect with volunteers in their area. After registering on the website, those seeking support with snow removal can view all nearby registered volunteers and message them to request support. 

Likewise, as a registered volunteer, those offering help can see the approximate locations of people seeking support and reach out to them.

“We need volunteers — I already have six people that need help,” the City of Belleville’s Nicole Yantzi told Quinteist

She said it’s important to note the initiative is not exclusively limited to Belleville. “People not in Belleville can also sign themselves up both as needing help and willing to volunteer,” Yantzi added. 

To volunteer or to register for assistance, visit  https://snowangelscanada.ca/.

If you have previously registered for the program, you can log in with your original email and password. If you have forgotten your password, you can use the email you registered with and reset your password online.

“This is a great opportunity for secondary school students looking for community hours, and as a way to encourage people to get involved. We will also be holding a draw for City of Belleville toques for those who sign up.”

The Snow Angels program is not a City of Belleville program. It relies completely on community members and the registration of volunteers. However, those with questions regarding the program or how to register may contact the city’s accessibility co-ordinator by phone at 613-967-3200, extension 3502 or by email at accessibility@belleville.ca.

“Snow Angels Canada is an experiment in kindness — a way for Canadians to request assistance shoveling or to find others in need of such assistance,” the organization stated on its website. 

“Whichever category you may fit into, we hope Snow Angels Canada will serve your needs.”

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