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Operation Snow Shovel thanks volunteers

BURLINGTONOperation Snow Shovel, a City of Burlington program that matches volunteers with those physically unable to shovel their snow, has had amazing success lending a helping hand since the blizzard. On behalf of the City of Burlington, a big Thank You goes out to every person who contacted the program willing and ready to shovel for an elderly or disabled neighbor. Operation Snow Shovel volunteers responded to 85 calls for assistance from Dec. 15 through today. Of those who volunteered, 33 who shoveled were permanent volunteers (those who had already been matched with someone to shovel each time it snows three inches or more), and the other 52 were volunteers who called in response to the emergency situation. Over 100 volunteers (30 long-term and 73 emergency) made themselves available. Emergency volunteers were made aware of the crisis by the media, UVM and Champlain student listservs, and every neighborhood's Front Porch Forum in Burlington. Volunteers ranged from high school students to 60-year-olds. As a result of the amazing response, every single person who called in for assistance was accommodated. Volunteers have helped clear a driveway so that a very sick elderly woman could get out quickly to see a doctor, shoveled out cars for heart and MS patients, made paths out of the house for pregnant women and even prevented roofs from caving in, in some cases. Some volunteers have shoveled at multiple houses and put in hours and hours of work. There were also dozens of folks all over the city who simply shoveled for neighbors on their own, as well as some who were coordinated through the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging. To volunteer or if you are interested in receiving this service in the future, please call 865-7548 or email Angie Spong at aspong@ci.burlington.vt.us. Operation Snow Shovel is offered through The Center for Community and Neighborhoods (CCAN), a program of the City of Burlingtons Community and Economic Development Office.

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