When It Snows in Pittsburgh, Angels Come Out

Shovel driveways and win prizes by helping neighbors in need.


If you have trouble getting out to shovel your driveway and sidewalks — or want to help out an older neighbor — then the Snow Angels Program could be a good fit.

Volunteers are matched with a Pittsburgh resident no more than a 10-minute walk from their address to help shovel and salt their property as needed this winter. Neighbors must be at least 60 years old or have a physical disability, live within the city limits and not have any other resources available to remove snow.

The program is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 winter season by calling 311 or filling out a form.

“We’re pleased that the Snow Angels Program has grown every year, but there are always more vulnerable residents who need help than volunteers,” says Mayor William Peduto. “I encourage Pittsburgh residents to sign up as a Snow Angel to help a neighbor in their community.”

Last year, the program helped more than 276 neighbors.

Community-based organizations, companies or employers are encouraged to assist with volunteer recruitment. The organization that recruits the most volunteers will win the 2020-21 Golden Shovel award and other incentives, like gift cards from local businesses and free passes to Schenley Park Ice Rink.

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