Pittsburgh Snow – 117, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Cory Cousins’ photostream

With the Farmers’ Almanac calling for more “shivery and shovelry” for the 2014-2015 winter season, Allegheny Snow Angels will be in much demand. Snow Angels is a program that connects residents who have a physical disability OR are age 60 or older and have some physical limitations with volunteers to keep sidewalks clear of snow and safe for all. The program originated three years ago by the City of Pittsburgh’s servePGH initiative and is working this year in partnership with Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, and North Hills Community Outreach.

how-to-be-an-angel-this-winter-logoAnyone living in Allegheny County can volunteer and it’s a great opportunity for families and high school students to get involved and help their neighbors, as well as reduce hazards for postal service workers, firefighters, and police officers. The program matches a volunteer with at least one resident for the entire 2014-2015 winter season and shovels and salt are available by request.

“The winter months can be a challenging time for some residents, and dealing with the snow and ice can seem overwhelming. This program is a tremendous help to our neighbors, giving them the gift of mobility and peace of mind,” Mayor William Peduto said. “Volunteers play a vital role in the success of this program, and I’m confident that Pittsburghers will to rise to the challenge and take the time to help a neighbor in need.”

If you’d like to register as a volunteer with the Allegheny Snow Angels program and help ensure that our city’s elderly and disabled are cared for this winter, call 412-863-5939 or 2-1-1, visit, or email You can also email or call if you are in need of the assistance of a Snow Angel this winter. They will get back to you within a week.


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