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Volunteers needed to help shovel sidewalks in Denver

The Snow Angels program connects people with neighbors who can't shovel their own snow.

DENVER — Sidewalks across Colorado have been covered with snow and ice for weeks. Just as they were starting to melt, Tuesday night they’ll start getting even worse.

As another storm hits the Denver area, the city is looking for hundreds more volunteers to be a part of a program that helps shovel snow for people who can't do it themselves. 

The city doesn’t plow residential sidewalks. Each homeowner is responsible for their own section, which means everything doesn't always get shoveled.

The Snow Angels program deployed around 300 volunteers during the last storm in December to help shovel at least 500 homes. The city said they’re looking for around double that number of volunteers, so that everyone who requests the help can get it.

The premise is simple. You sign up, you get a free shovel and the city tells you who needs help shoveling after a big storm like this one.

"This is about helping your neighbors," Heidi Rodriguez with the City of Denver said. "This program helps connect those neighbors who may not be aware that maybe a couple of blocks away from their house there is someone who might need this assistance."

Cities across Colorado have programs to help people who can’t shovel their own driveways and sidewalks. Aurora has the Snow Busters program. Other locations around the state have chapters of A Little Help, including northern Colorado and the Western Slope. You can also help with the Snow Buddies program through Volunteers of America.

"It also just makes the community safer. Safer sidewalks, safer pedestrians and safer cyclists," Rodriguez said. 

If you'd like to sign up to help with the Snow Angels Program in Denver, you can learn more here.

Credit: 9NEWS

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