(MANHATTAN, KS – November 28, 2018) — The City of Manhattan is seeking local residents to participate in the fifth year of City Snow Partners. The program connects volunteers with residents who need help with snow removal following winter storms.
Individuals, youth groups and civic organizations are encouraged to volunteer for the winter season. Volunteers are matched with residents in their neighborhood to reduce travel during inclement weather. They are asked to clear all public sidewalks on the assigned property, plus one walkway from the house to the sidewalk. Any other snow removal requested by residents in need, such as driveways, is at the volunteer’s discretion.
Elderly and disabled property owners in Manhattan city limits are eligible for the program. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on the number of volunteers available.
Volunteers and residents in need can sign up online at CityofMHK.com/SnowPartners, call 785-587-2404 or visit City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave. Volunteers will be required to complete a liability waiver in addition to the registration form.
“This program continues to grow each year. Volunteers helped around 30 residents in need during the first year of the program, and last year we helped over 130. We are hoping to assistmore Manhattan residents this year, so volunteers are needed” Assistant to the City Manager Jared Wasinger said.
The program began in 2014 to ensure public sidewalks are cleared according to city ordinance. The City of Manhattan collects information from both volunteers and residents in need and administers the program.