Opportunity Details

Disaster & Emergency Services
Families, Low-income communities, People with Disabilities, People with Health-based Concerns

Age Minimum (with Adult): 12+, Minimum Age:15+, Maximum Age:64, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

Snow Buddy 2020/21 Needs YOU!

Snow Buddy is a Volunteer Alexandria program which provides snow removal and sidewalk treatment for eligible Alexandrians. Volunteers are matched with low-income seniors or homebound or disabled residents who are physically unable to do it themselves, cannot afford to pay for this service, and/or do not have neighbors, family, or friends to assist them.

The Snow Buddy program is critical to the safety of these residents, who may need to leave their homes for medical or other essential appointments, or to provide access to their property by healthcare workers or for deliveries. Additionally, depending on the storm response level, the City of Alexandria requires property owners and tenants to clear snow and ice from adjacent City sidewalks within 24-72 hours of the end of the snowfall. Failure to do so may incur fines and/or City snow removal charges.

Snow Buddy volunteer duty begins on November 1 and normally ends by April 30. Volunteers will be on-call for the duration of the program season. Assignments are generally within reasonable walking distance of the volunteer’s home. Volunteers are expected to supply their own snow shovel. Salt will be provided.

While physical interaction with partnered clients should be minimal, all COVID-19 precautions and procedures apply. Please click HERE to review Volunteer COVID Safety, and click HERE to see COVID Volunteer Guidelines that must be followed.

Before you volunteer:
- have you been anywhere where people tested positive for COVID-19, and therefore you potentially have been exposed?
- have you exhibited any symptoms of a respiratory illness, including fever, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, or difficulty breathing now or in the past 14 days?
- are you or someone you live with considered at high risk (including persons older than 65; those with underlying medical conditions or severe obesity)?

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, do NOT volunteer. If you answer ‘no’ now but your situation changes once you have volunteered, please contact Volunteer Alexandria immediately at (703) 836-2176.

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