The West End Neighborhood Association (WENA) is beginning to accept applications on their website for volunteers looking to donate time to shovel walkways for seniors after storms.
According to WENA’s website, “Volunteers are responsible for clearing the sidewalk in front of a property and a pathway to the front door only. Volunteers are not responsible for clearing cars, driveways, rear stairs, roofs, and so forth.”
This program is very similar to the program on the East End of Portland which has been maintained by longtime resident Joan Sheedy. Wells Lyons, a former candidate for city council that is helping to organize the West End program, commented that the East End program typically shovels walkways within 24 hours of a storm.
Residents are eligible to have their walkway shoveled if they are over 65 or are disabled. To learn more about this program, visit wenamaine.org/get-involved/volunteer/shoveling-for-seniors.