Hamilton’s Snow Angels program approved for another season

News Aug 10, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton politicians cleared the area to allow the city to continue operating the popular Snow Angels snow clearing program for seniors.

Members of the emergency and community services committee agreed Aug. 10 to spend another $100,000 and hire a temporary project manager to oversee the program and develop a youth skill building session for the 2016-18 seasons.

Mountain councillor Tom Jackson, who has supported the Snow Angels idea since it was created in 2005, said under the city’s guidance it had its most successful year in 2015-16.

He applauded the economic value of the program, with the city spending only about $400 per client.

“That’s darn good,” he said.

The program matches volunteers with low-income seniors and those people with disabilities who are unable to shovel their sidewalks or pay someone else to do it. Volunteers are assigned to clear walkways within 24 hours of a three-centimetre snowfall.

The city had 261 clients and 193 volunteers while only 69 people were on the wait list in 2015-16. Volunteer Hamilton oversaw the program since its inception, but the city started in 2013 to improve the program.

In 2015 the last year it was overseen by Volunteer Hamilton, there were 208 clients and 124 volunteers.

The city took over the program in October 2015 after a Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton report found that on average 261 of every 400 needy residents were not getting the service because of the lack of volunteers.

Al Fletcher, manager of Neighbourhood Action Strategy, said the city will target 261 clients, while attempting to increase the number of volunteers. The city did offered a $30 honorarium to 124 volunteers, at a total cost of $3,720. But they found out the majority of volunteers joined the program to help people. The city will eliminate the honorarium for the upcoming winter season.

Hamilton’s Snow Angels program approved for another season

News Aug 10, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton politicians cleared the area to allow the city to continue operating the popular Snow Angels snow clearing program for seniors.

Members of the emergency and community services committee agreed Aug. 10 to spend another $100,000 and hire a temporary project manager to oversee the program and develop a youth skill building session for the 2016-18 seasons.

Mountain councillor Tom Jackson, who has supported the Snow Angels idea since it was created in 2005, said under the city’s guidance it had its most successful year in 2015-16.

He applauded the economic value of the program, with the city spending only about $400 per client.

“That’s darn good,” he said.

The program matches volunteers with low-income seniors and those people with disabilities who are unable to shovel their sidewalks or pay someone else to do it. Volunteers are assigned to clear walkways within 24 hours of a three-centimetre snowfall.

The city had 261 clients and 193 volunteers while only 69 people were on the wait list in 2015-16. Volunteer Hamilton oversaw the program since its inception, but the city started in 2013 to improve the program.

In 2015 the last year it was overseen by Volunteer Hamilton, there were 208 clients and 124 volunteers.

The city took over the program in October 2015 after a Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton report found that on average 261 of every 400 needy residents were not getting the service because of the lack of volunteers.

Al Fletcher, manager of Neighbourhood Action Strategy, said the city will target 261 clients, while attempting to increase the number of volunteers. The city did offered a $30 honorarium to 124 volunteers, at a total cost of $3,720. But they found out the majority of volunteers joined the program to help people. The city will eliminate the honorarium for the upcoming winter season.

Hamilton’s Snow Angels program approved for another season

News Aug 10, 2016 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Hamilton politicians cleared the area to allow the city to continue operating the popular Snow Angels snow clearing program for seniors.

Members of the emergency and community services committee agreed Aug. 10 to spend another $100,000 and hire a temporary project manager to oversee the program and develop a youth skill building session for the 2016-18 seasons.

Mountain councillor Tom Jackson, who has supported the Snow Angels idea since it was created in 2005, said under the city’s guidance it had its most successful year in 2015-16.

He applauded the economic value of the program, with the city spending only about $400 per client.

“That’s darn good,” he said.

The program matches volunteers with low-income seniors and those people with disabilities who are unable to shovel their sidewalks or pay someone else to do it. Volunteers are assigned to clear walkways within 24 hours of a three-centimetre snowfall.

The city had 261 clients and 193 volunteers while only 69 people were on the wait list in 2015-16. Volunteer Hamilton oversaw the program since its inception, but the city started in 2013 to improve the program.

In 2015 the last year it was overseen by Volunteer Hamilton, there were 208 clients and 124 volunteers.

The city took over the program in October 2015 after a Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton report found that on average 261 of every 400 needy residents were not getting the service because of the lack of volunteers.

Al Fletcher, manager of Neighbourhood Action Strategy, said the city will target 261 clients, while attempting to increase the number of volunteers. The city did offered a $30 honorarium to 124 volunteers, at a total cost of $3,720. But they found out the majority of volunteers joined the program to help people. The city will eliminate the honorarium for the upcoming winter season.