Become a real angel by volunteering for Richmond’s Snow Angel program
21 November 2017
Last year was a busy year for Richmond’s Snow Angels and with the winter weather quickly approaching, recruitment is underway for volunteers. Heavy snowfall can cause challenges for some residents, particularly senior citizens and residents with illnesses, disabilities or mobility challenges. Richmond’s volunteer Snow Angels program is back for its eighth year to lend a hand to those in need of assistance this winter by removing snow from sidewalks and walkways.
This program is volunteer-driven and is dependent on resources, severity of the storm and the priority needs of callers. An accumulation of five or more centimetres of snow is needed to activate the program. Although assistance is not guaranteed, participating volunteers will make every effort to help all qualified callers.
If you would like to become a Snow Angel volunteer, visit http://icanhelp.richmond.ca or contact the Community Services Division at 604-244-1208 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may select the geographic community you wish to serve or you can choose to provide your services city-wide. Snow Angels are to provide their own transportation, equipment and protective gear including shovels, proper footwear, gloves, jackets, etc.
If you are a resident in need of the Snow Angel program, requests for assistance should be made in advance of a winter storm by contacting a Snow Angel Coordinator at your closest community centre or by calling the Community Services Division at 604-244-1208. A full contact list of Snow Angel Coordinators can be found at www.richmond.ca/winter.
In addition to the Snow Angels program, the City of Richmond encourages its residents and community members to Be a Good Neighbour. This program is as simple as able-bodied residents assisting those in their neighbourhood who may not be able to clear their walkways in front of their homes. There is no registry or dispatch number to call, it’s simply something to keep in mind if snow starts to fall.
For more information on other snow removal services, to volunteer as a Snow Angel and for other winter preparedness information, visit www.richmond.ca/winter.