Wanted: snow shovellers.
The Prince George Council of Seniors and the local branch of the B.C. Paraplegic Association have received an avalanche of requests for help since the snow started falling what seems like weeks ago. Neither group has enough volunteers to cope with the requests, so they’re hoping the public can lend a hand and a shovel.
“If people just look around their own neighbourhood for homes where they know the residents can’t shovel the snow themselves,” says Lola-Anne Fennell, council manager, “that would help a lot.”
Fennell says right now she and Brandy Stiles at the paraplegic association are acting as matchmakers of a sort.
“We’ve got seniors calling in, and I get their address, how big the job is and whether they have their own shovel. Then we get volunteers phoning in, and we ask them what area of town they’re in, how much time they have and whether they have a shovel or snowblower.
“Then we match them up the best we can.”
She says while calls for assistance are coming in from all over the city, the farther away from the bowl area, the more difficult it can be to find a shoveller.
One thing Fennell says she tells callers they can’t help with is roofs.
“I’m not going to send a volunteer out to clean off a roof. I tell the caller they have to find someone who’s bonded and trained in that kind of work.”
Anyone who would like to volunteer to help with the shovelling can call Fennell at 250-564-5888 or Stiles at 250-563-6942.