Snow Buddy Program

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. If you are interested in volunteering and shovel snow - Register online.

 

If you need assistance and request a Snow Buddy, please downloadcomplete and return the form or complete the online form. Eligible applicants need to verify that they are homebound, disabled, and/or sixty years old or older, and that the total household income is at or below $48,508. After receiving your form, your address will be added to our list and we will recruit a volunteer to remove snow from your sidewalk and walkway after a storm in a timely fashion.

We ask that the resident will not ask of any other services from the volunteer, not pay the volunteer, nor ask them to come into the home.

 

Volunteers will be trained and matched with a household within their walking distance. Volunteers have been instructed to:

  • Call the resident before a snow fall to introduce themselves
  • Never enter the resident’s home
  • Never accept money
  • Report back to Volunteer Alexandria after shoveling
  • Serve the same resident the entire winter season

There will be a Zoom meeting for all Snow Buddies on November 10 6:00 - 7:00 PM to review program and safety requirements and details. 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. Register HERE for the orientation. 

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.

 

For questions, please email the Emergency Prepardness Manager or call 703-836-2176. For general information about Alexandria Snow procedures, visit https://www.alexandriava.gov/Snow.

What do our residents say?

“I’m 92, and I was so scared about how I would get out.  You are like angels” – said a resident

“I called to tell you what a great job your volunteer did shoveling the snow from my house. He came on Monday and promised to come back on Tuesday. He actually kept his promise and came back on Tuesday and helped some more. I just wanted to call and let you know how grateful I am to your volunteer and your Snow buddy Program.”

One lady was very appreciative and said "I am so glad that there are people still kind enough to do this for people like me!"