When the weather outside is “frightful”, senior citizens will no longer have to worry about the snow piling up, thanks to a new initiative unveiled today by Hempstead Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. The Councilwoman, in partnership with the Wantagh High School Key Club, announced a new program in which volunteers will shovel snow at the homes of senior citizens who are unable to take on the physically demanding task. This service will be provided free of charge, so seniors will have no problem saying “let it snow!”
Also attending the event – which was held on the first day of winter at the home of senior citizen Ellen Cook in Wantagh – were Hempstead Town Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, Wantagh High School Key Club President Annie Brown, Advisor Heidi Felix and fellow members.
“For many residents, particularly senior citizens, shoveling snow can be physically challenging and even hazardous to their health,” stated Councilwoman King Sweeney. “Through this partnership between the Town of Hempstead and the Wantagh Key Club, seniors can request a group of dedicated shoveling volunteers to clear the snow in front of their homes, absolutely free!”
Councilwoman King Sweeney added that this initiative is being unveiled as a pilot program in the Wantagh area, but anticipates expanding the service to other areas within America’s largest township.
“The Town of Hempstead is committed to keeping residents safe,” added Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “I am confident that many of our town’s senior citizens will greatly appreciate the help being offered by our dedicated volunteers.”
“I commend Councilwoman King Sweeney and the Wantagh High School Key Club for their kindness and selflessness on behalf of our senior citizen community,” stated Councilman Ambrosino. “Initiatives like this volunteer shoveling program are what makes the Town of Hempstead such a great place in which to live, work and raise a family,” added Councilman Dunne, “Seniors will be in good hands this winter thanks to this partnership between the Town of Hempstead and the Wantagh High School Key Club.”
Councilwoman King Sweeney also warned residents of the dangers of being outdoors during extreme winter weather, which include the risk of heart attack, hypothermia, frostbite, slipping on icy surfaces and more. Seniors are at increased risk of these dangers.
“Simply put, senior citizens should not be risking their health by shoveling snow,” added Councilwoman King Sweeney. “We have an army of volunteers who are committed to helping seniors keep their properties clear of snow and ice, and we encourage our golden-aged residents to take advantage of this great program.”