You, too, can be a Snow Angel for those in need in Kamloops

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If you’re looking to donate some of your time for a good cause while getting a little bit of exercise, the Snow Angels volunteer program may be for you.

The program, which is run by Volunteer Kamloops, matches up volunteers with seniors or individuals with disabilities who need help shoveling their snow.

Save for this past Monday, we have not seen a lot of snow so far this fall and winter, but it is unlikely the city’s streets and walkways will remain clear from now until spring.

The Snow Angels program is at about half the capacity it like to be at in terms of numbers of volunteers.

“Normally, we help over 100 seniors every season,” said Ainsley Tymchyna, volunteer co-ordinator for the program.

“Right now, we’re sitting about 60 percent of that.”

The Snow Angels service all areas of Kamloops, so volunteers are welcome from every neighbourhood, but Tymchyna said the need is usually greatest on the North Shore.

Volunteers will typically be matched with a senior for the duration of the winter, but if people are feeling particularly energetic, they could help multiple people with their shoveling.

Tymchyna said there is even an incentive for participating this year.

“This year, Subway has graciously sponsored us,” she said.

“Every volunteer will get a coupon for a free sub.”

With the opportunity to help local seniors and people with disabilities while keeping fit and getting a free sandwich, it’s hard to imagine the empty slots not filling up soon.

Interested volunteers can fill out an application online at volunteerkamloops.org or contact Tymchyna by email at snowangels@volunteerkamloops.org.

Todd Sullivan, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kamloops This Week