UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – If you’re an older adult in the community who cannot shovel the walkways and entrances at home after a heavy snowfall, 50-forward Mohawk Valley is recruiting volunteers willing to help out.

“Living in Central New York we got a lot of snow. And our volunteers would help clear out the walkways going up to their doorways. So if god forbid there is an emergency, there are emergency service needs at home. They could easily get access from their home. And if our seniors have to leave, they would need access. So just helping with the sidewalks and up to the doorway is a huge help for our seniors. People can hire contractors to do snow plowing. It is not so easy to find someone to do the shoveling. So this helps people to stay in their homes, create a safe environment in the winter time, and the people who are volunteering give them a sense of accomplishment in helping other people,” said 50 Forward Mohawk Valley’s executive director Kelly Walters.                                                  

The program will kick start on December 1st and end on April 1st. People who are 18 years old or older with a snow shovel are eligible to apply for volunteers. Younger adults are also welcome with an adult’s supervision. Once signed up, volunteers will be matched with older adults close to them who are over 60 years old.

Those who are interested in volunteering can call the office number at 315-223-3973. Seniors who need help can contact Oneida County Office for the Aging at 315-798-5456.