November 18, 2015 - 9:00 PM
KAMLOOPS - The first snowfall for many signals the beginning of winter, but for Lorraine Mallon it tells her there’s work to be done.
The Snow Angels program with Oncore Senior's Society has kicked off again this year and Mallon is on the hunt for volunteers to help shovel driveways for seniors who can no longer complete the task themselves.
Mallon says she has about ’70 or so’ volunteers who are on the list to be matched up with seniors in need of assistance. About 100 seniors are on the waitlist for service.
“When you look at Kamloops’ population size and having 100 people on the waitlist, it could be a lot worse than that,” she says.
To sign up as a volunteer, Mallon says the process is simple. Following a brief registration and criminal record check, the snow angel is assigned a driveway. Each time it snows, the volunteer is responsible for clearing the area.
Some volunteers who help out with snow blowers have taken on multiple volunteers, Mallon says.
Beyond the exercise and altruism, Mallon notes volunteers get a coupon for free Domino’s pizza each time they help out.
To learn more about how you can become a snow angel, contact Mallon at Oncore Seniors Society by calling 250-828-0600.
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-This story was corrected at 10:19 p.m., November 18, 2015 to include the proper name of the Oncore Seniors Society.
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