Snow Angels Program
The Snow Angel Program is a volunteer service where students from Fort McMurray School systems, local staff within businesses and adult members of the community shovel the personal walks and driveways of seniors in need.
Note: This program is intended for seniors on limited fixed incomes with no or limited human resources available to them. If you have adult children, grandchildren, friends, family or neighbors capable and willing to help, this program is not for you. The purpose of this program is to serve those who have no other options, providing them a better quality of life and helping them remain in their homes longer. Resources must be deployed to those most in need.
The program began as a partnership with the municipality and the Fort McMurray Public School District #2833 in 2009. It was a pilot project in the downtown core originally using students from Dr. K. A. Clark and Fort McMurray Composite High School.
The program has since expanded to include the whole urban service area of Fort McMurray. In order to broaden the scope of the program and its volunteer base, volunteers are now solicited from all school districts. In addition, the general public is also encouraged to participate. This change is in line with the vision to make Snow Angels a truly community-based program meeting the needs of a growing number of seniors participating in the program.
Shovels and ice scrapers are donated by the municipality and are delivered by Parks Department staff. Windrows are also cleared by Parks Department crews from senior driveways that live on bus routes and/or are enrolled in the program.
This volunteer service is available for seniors 65 years and older. The program's goal is to serve all seniors who apply. Priority is given to those seniors with less social support and resources