Senior Citizens in Allentown will again receive help with snow shoveling this winter thanks to the “Snow Angels” program which is a cooperative effort of SERV Allentown and Central Catholic High School. Mayor Pawlowski joined some students at Lehigh Valley Active Life to announce the continuation of the program. About 65 students are volunteering for the program as part of the school’s Central City Project (CCP), where students volunteer for various activities throughout the City.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the boost these students are giving the Snow Angel program,” said Pawlowski. “All the snow that fell last winter put our volunteer force to the test. A lot more senior citizens will be able to benefit as a result of the hard work of these teenagers. I can’t thank them enough.”
Senior citizens that own homes in Allentown will be able to find an application for the “Snow Angel” program on the city website under the SERV Allentown Logo, or may pick-up an application at the senior center. All applicants for snow removal services must turn in their application to Lehigh County Active Life, located at 1633 W. Elm Street, in Allentown. Once a senior qualifies for the program, their application is kept by the Senior Center and forwarded to a neighborhood group president.
When a snow storm leaves at least 3 inches of snow on the ground, a qualified senior can call their neighborhood group and request snow removal, and a volunteer will be sent to their home to shovel the snow. All volunteers are required to have an identification card for the safety of the seniors.
According to Central Catholic High School Community Outreach Director Pat Markham, “The Central City Project (CCP) is Allentown Central Catholic High School’s commitment to the City of Allentown. For over 80 years, ACCHS has had a vibrant Christian presence in Center City Allentown. As demographics have changed, a majority of our students no longer hail from the immediate community surrounding the school. The CCP is an opportunity for students from communities outside the city to interact with the local neighborhood’s people, institutions, and events.”
Youth over the age of 12 who are interested in volunteering their time for the program can apply by going on the City of Allentown’s website at www.allentownpa.gov and clicking on the “SERV-Allentown” link. At the bottom of the information on the program is a link (Click here for the application) to download the application. All applications must be delivered to the Chief Service Officer, Ismael Arcelay, in City Hall. All applicants will go a through an approval process, which includes a background check. Volunteers must provide their own snow shovel to participate.
“This is a great way to give back to the community,” said the Mayor, who himself shovels snow for those residents in need during the winter. “Our seniors are grateful for the help, and this allows our youth to do something nice for their neighbors. We are very thankful to every young adult who becomes a snow angel during the winter. They help to exemplify what Allentown is all about, working together for the good of the community.”