Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today launched the seventh ServePGH initiatives called “Snow Angels.” Through the Mayor’s volunteerism campaign more than 1,000 citizens have helped revitalize City blocks, restore vulnerable resident’s homes, mentor middle-school youths and more. The Snow Angels initiative connects volunteers with seniors or physically disabled residents this winter who need help shoveling their sidewalks, steps and walkways. Residents can request a Snow Angel and able-bodied citizens or organizations can apply to volunteer at the City’s ServePGH website at www.snowangels.pittsburghpa.gov.
“Winters in Pittsburgh can be unpredictable and often very difficult for our seniors,” Ravenstahl said. “This program will help our most vulnerable residents stay safe and have one less worry this winter. I encourage residents and organizations to help their neighbors and to be enriched themselves through community volunteerism.”
To be matched with a Snow Angel, residents must be age 60 or older, or have a physical disability and lack access to other snow removal resources. The City will provide volunteers with melting salt, brightly colored vests and a snow shovel. The program will kick-off during the first snow fall. More than 50 Snow Angels have already signed on.
The Mount Ararat Community Activity Center (MACAC) will dedicate adults and students from its after school program to help 30 residents this winter.
“We are grateful for this opportunity to instill the importance of volunteerism and service into our children which will in turn help them to take pride in their community,” said Latika Smith, Youth Coordinator at MACAC.
The City-County Taskforce for Disabilities will help reach out to residents that qualify for assistance.
“Winter months have been difficult for seniors and people with disabilities because our sidewalks and our neighbors’ sidewalks are often un-shoveled and treacherous,” said Paul O’Hanlon, chairperson of the taskforce and Staff Attorney for the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania. “The Snow Angels program will give those residents more safety and allow them to enjoy the season.”
About Cities of Service and servePGH
On September 10, 2009, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl pledged that the City of Pittsburgh would help the country achieve the goals of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act by joining New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and fifteen other Mayors from across our nation to launch the Cities of Service coalition. The bipartisan coalition includes more than 100 mayors – representing nearly 50 million Americans – who have committed to work together to engage citizens in a multi-year effort to address pressing city needs through impact volunteerism. By signing the Declaration of Service, Mayor Ravenstahl committed to developing a coordinated strategy to utilize service as a significant municipal strategy for addressing local challenges.
Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh’s citizens in service and answer President Obama’s national call to volunteerism. Through seven new and innovative servePGH initiatives, Mayor Ravenstahl has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore vulnerable resident’s homes, help middle-school youth navigate life’s challenges and more. Additional information is available at servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov.
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