Shore town launches volunteer snow shoveling program for seniors, disabled

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With more snow possibly on the way for the weekend, volunteers in one Jersey Shore community will have their shovels ready to assist senior citizens and disabled residents.

Cape May County’s North Wildwood launched its volunteer snow removal program last weekend when around four inches of snow fell on the municipality.

“This storm was just large enough to activate our volunteer program, which is only activated when it snows over two inches,” Mayor Patrick Rosenello said.

14 volunteers shoveled and salted between two and four hours each, lending assistance to 61 properties, the mayor said.

“The shoveling program allowed us to assist many of our residents, all of which were in need, due to the danger and nature of the activities,” Rosenello said. “I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of all of our volunteers who went above and beyond the call of duty to help and assist our residents.”

In 2016, Ocean County’s Brick Township launched a similar shoveling program.

At the time, Brick Mayor John Ducey told WHYY that he came up with the idea after a senior citizen lamented about people no longer going door-to-door to offer shoveling services.

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