With winter approaching, the City of Manhattan has launched the City Snow Partners program for a third year.
The program seeks to connect volunteers with elderly and disabled residents who need help with snow removal each winter. Both volunteers and residents in need can sign up by calling the City Manager's Office at 785-587-2408 or by filling out an online form at CityofMHK.com/SnowPartners.
"We've heard many stories of appreciation from the residents who requested help during the first two years of the program," said Jared Wasinger, management assistant with the City of Manhattan. "We've also heard about neighbors meeting neighbors and forming relationships as a result of City Snow Partners."
Residents requesting assistance should be elderly or disabled, live within Manhattan city limits, only register their primary residence, and understand the program is first-come, first-served based on the number of volunteers available.
If at all possible, volunteers are matched with residents in need based on location to reduce travel in inclement weather. They will be asked to clear snow from public sidewalks and one path from the front door to a sidewalk at their assigned properties. Snow removal from other surfaces, such as porches and driveways, is at their discretion.
Since 2014, more than 50 individuals and community organizations have volunteered to help 86 households through City Snow Partners.