Learn about being a Delta Snow Angel

Want to help out an older resident who may trapped in their homes this winter?

The city is holding an information session this Thursday, Nov. 14 on the Delta Snow Angel program.

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Those interested in volunteering can fill out a registration form, receive Police Information Check forms and learn how to complete all the steps to become a part of the Snow Angel team

The Optimist reported earlier this year that the snowfall Delta experienced during the winter meant many calls for program, a volunteer-based, non-emergency service that matches people who need their walkway and/or sidewalk shoveled with people who enjoy helping others.

The service is available to Delta residents 65 years and older who have physical limitations and do not have others in their household or nearby who are able to assist.

Older residents over 70 and who have physical limitations receive first priority.

“The Snow Angels, the volunteers, are such good people. Unfortunately, it is always a struggle and the demand exceeds the amount of people we have shoveling. Even this year we had wait lists created,” said Suzanne Taylor, the city’s community services supervisor, in an interview.

Last winter saw 49 volunteers help approximately 91 recipients while logging over 170 hours.

 

“It’s a wonderful service and our volunteers find it so incredibly rewarding,” added Taylor, noting others who aren’t formally in the program have also helped shoveling seniors’ walkways.

The program doesn’t provide shoveling of driveways for cars.

To become a Snow Angel, you must be at least 18 years old, or between the ages of 13 to 17 with adult supervision. Volunteers have to get a police information check.

Community groups are also invited to join together.

All Snow Angels must provide their own shovels.

This Thursday’s information session takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the North Delta Recreation Centre multi-purpose gym.

Those ages 13 to 17 need attend with someone over the age of 19 who will be supervising during volunteer shifts.

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