Walking in a Winter Wonderland

by Jill Locantore on December 24, 2015

City Park EsplanadeGive the gift of safe walking, year round

Winter can be a magical time to walk around our city. Keeping the sidewalks clear of ice and snow makes it safe and easy to walk year round, especially for older adults and people in wheelchairs. You can help, by volunteering to be a Snow Buddy!

Snow Buddies is a partnership between the City and County of Denver and Volunteers of America. The Snow Buddies program connects healthy volunteers with anyone 60+ in the metro area who cannot shovel their own walk. Volunteers are paired with seniors within a 2 mile radius of one another.

The Snow Buddy program was initiated to keep seniors safe from falls on snow or ice during the winter. The program also keeps seniors from accruing city fines for not being able to shovel their snow from the sidewalks. When you sign up to be a Denver Snow Buddy, you are strengthening our community, improving someone else’s life and transforming your own life through service.

How do I volunteer to become a Snow Buddy? Volunteers fill out an application and undergo a background check before being matched with a senior. Once the match is made, the expectation is that the volunteer will show up at their buddy’s home after two or more inches of snow has fallen and clear their walkways.

Go to http://www.voacolorado.org/Volunteer/Snow-Buddies to request information to volunteer.

I’m 60+ and need help shoveling my walk, how can I request a Snow Buddy? Seniors in the Denver metro area can call 720-264-3379 to be paired with a Snow Buddy.

You can also help make Denver a safe and easy place to walk year round by donating to WalkDenver.  Your donation makes advocacy happen!

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