Volunteers needed to shovel snow for elderly

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CENTERVILLE. Ohio (WDTN) – A big winter storm is expected this weekend and the city of Centerville is looking for volunteers to clear snow.

It’s to help those who can’t shovel sidewalks on their own, like the elderly and disabled.

“It’s a great idea because there are a lot of people who really need the help,” Centerville resident Mary Ann Solomon said. “Thanks to neighbors in this cul-de-sac and down the street, we’ve been able to survive what we’ve had, so far.”

Centerville Community Resources Manager Maureen Russell Hodgson says it’s something the city has been doing for 15 years for the homebound and people who just aren’t mobile enough to shovel their driveways and sidewalks.

“A lot of times, people don’t know where to turn,” Hodgon said. “They’re not sure who can help them, and especially if it’s their first time to look for help and it’s to shovel their snow, they don’t really have a contact for who to go to for that.”

Hodgson says the city provides those contacts by compiling a list of people who can help.

“We’re looking for volunteers, it can be families, a youth group, friends,” she said, adding they’re also accepting calls from people looking to make money.

“If you offer that service for a fee or you’re a student trying to gain some extra money, you can also call us.”

She says it’s all about making sure those who need help, get help.

“Look out for your neighbors,” Hodgson said. “So if you have an elderly resident, next door, or if you know of someone who may not have anyone to check on them. Just take a couple minutes, go over knock on the door and make sure they’re okay.”

If you are willing to volunteer, or you or someone you know in Centerville is in need of assistance, contact the city at 937-433-7151.

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