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"Snow Angel" - Snow Removal Volunteer
(Volunteer Hamilton Centre for Community Engagement)

Position ID: 1253 Last Modified: 05 Feb 2014 Last Full Update: 05 Feb 2014
Opportunity Details
ContactMs Barbara Klimstra, Snow Angels Program Coordinator, Volunteer Hamilton; Phone: 905-523-1910; Fax: 905-523-7465; Email: snowangels@volunteerhamilton.on.ca
More Info Linkwww.volunteerhamilton.on.ca/svc_snowangels.php
DutiesSeeking volunteers to assist in the clearing of walkways of snow during the winter months for seniors and persons with disabilities as part of the 'Snow Angels' program. See Volunteer Hamilton/Snow Angels web site. Snow Angel volunteers will generally be assigned addresses within their own neighborhood and within walking distance of their own home.
BenefitsFresh air, exercise, personal satisfaction, direct civic engagement in helping out a neighbour, free snow angels toque.
ClientsLow income seniors and persons with disabilities
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Saturday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Sunday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
 
The Snow Angels program is activated by 'snow emergency' events as announced in local media and defined in the snow angel training process. They can occur at most anytime during the winter months. Generally, snow angel volunteers clear snow from their assigned walkways within 24 hours of the END of a major snowfall.
SeasonsWinter
LocationLocations available throughout the Hamilton area
AccessibilityNot Applicable ; This activity involves moderate physical exertion and may not be suitable for persons with disabilities or other related health issues.
Number of PositionsNot Limited: 60 individual(s) 
 
60 individual(s) needed in total. 
 
Volunteers will work at the location of the senior or person with disability who needs assistance with snow removal. As much as possible, volunteer Snow Angels will be matched with service recipients geographically close to their own home location. There is no direct personal contact between the Snow Angel volunteer and the person receiving the snow clearing service.
Ages14 year(s) - 65 year(s)
Suitable for OSSDYes
Commitment LengthMedium Term (from 3 - 12 months) - During snow emergencies
TrainingOrientation - Safety tips, etc.
TransportationVolunteer will provide own transportation to and from the location where snow is to be cleared.Ideally, most assignments will be within easy walking distance of the volunteer's home.
Interaction LevelSolitary ; Small Group ; Solitary and sometimes in small groups. This activity could be suitable for 'family volunteering' or for a small group of friends.
Police CheckNot Required
Volunteer CategoriesAssistant - Senior's Programs & Services ; Snow Shoveling
Skills/ExperienceThis activity can be physically challenging and is best suited to volunteers with a moderate to high fitness level and free of specific medical or health concerns. It may not be well suited for smokers for example or persons with breathing difficulties or heart or back problems.
Additional RequirementsTwo personal references, volunteers under the age of 16 will require parental consent and need to work in a 'buddy' system, seniors should consult with their doctor about appropriate fitness level required for this activity. Ability to shovel snow is essential. Reliability is very important.
Liability InsuranceAvailable
Agency Details
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Organization NameVolunteer Hamilton Centre for Community Engagement
Address & Map
International Village
267 King St E
Hamilton, ON L8N 1B9
 
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Office Phone905-523-4444
Fax1-888-469-1778 (toll free)
E-Mailinfo@volunteerhamilton.on.ca
Websitewww.volunteerhamilton.on.ca