The City of Sarnia, in partnership with Lambton Elderly Outreach, is recruiting volunteers for the Adopt-a-Driveway Program.  This program aims to support older adults and people with disabilities by matching them with a volunteer to shovel snow from their sidewalk and driveway from December to April.

“We know that moderate to heavy snowfall can create challenges for some residents, including seniors, and/or residents with illnesses, disabilities, or mobility challenges, causing an increase in the number of residents isolated in their homes,” says Dale Mosley, Accessibility Coordinator, City of Sarnia.  When snow is not cleared, residents struggle to leave home for appointments and engagements.  It also makes it difficult for in-home service providers to access the home safely.

This is the third year for the Adopt-a-Driveway Program, funded by a one-time grant with the Royal Bank of Canada through the Sarnia Community Foundation, and the province of Ontario’s New Horizons grant.

Interested volunteers can register with the City of Sarnia by email at hr@sarnia.ca, or phone at 519-332-0330 ext. 3307.  This is a great initiative for high school students looking for volunteer hours, families, friends, and workplaces who want to get involved in supporting their neighbours and community.

The program also features volunteer recognition awards. Awards include the Most Neighbourly Student Award, the Good Neighbour Shout Out, Most Driveways by an Individual or Team, and Most Driveways by a Business.

“Volunteers will make this program a success because it offers the much-needed support for snow removal and establishes new levels of understanding and respect for each other at every age and stage of life,” explains Amy Weiler, Community Engagement Specialist, Lambton Elderly Outreach.

Lambton Elderly Outreach matches clients who require volunteer snow shovelling with volunteers. Inquiries about client opportunities can be directed to Amy Weiler, Community Engagement Specialist, by email at aweiler@lambtonelderlyoutreach.org or by phone at 519-845-1353 ext. 310.

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For further information, please contact:

Dale Mosley, Accessibility Coordinator
dale.mosley@sarnia.ca or 519-332-0330 ext. 3307

Amy Weiler, Community Engagement Specialist, Lambton Elderly Outreach
aweiler@lambtonelderlyoutreach.org or 519-845-1353 ext. 310