Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Volunteer to shovel your neighbors' sidewalk (or ask for help yourself!)

Snow is here again, which means everybody needs to shovel their sidewalks. However, some folks aren't able to, and there are nice folks out there who want to help -- enter Snowcrew to connect them.

The folks behind SeeClickFix, the system to send service requests and problems to the city, have launched the site as a technical solution where you can volunteer to help your neighbors or ask for help yourself -- maybe if you're elderly or injured or just can't for whatever reason. And while it's rarely enforced, it's actually the law to keep your sidewalk clear, and even if it wasn't a law it's still a nice thing to do, as it makes it safer for everybody.

It looks like some folks are already using the site, though it seems to mostly be Snowcrew's founder who's responding to the requests and shoveling the snow. That said, maybe he's just getting the ball rolling, and I did see another person or two.

So if you're interested, check it out! It seems like a great way to get some exercise and meet some of your neighbors you might not have run into before. You can see the site's utility for people posting too, one person has two parents over 90, one person has a back problem, and so on.

And of course, the site is a clever idea, but there's no substitute for just getting to know your immediate neighbors! Though maybe this will also help facilitate that.

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