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Lincoln Square organisations form snow brigade to help elderly, neighbours with disabilities

With winter weather comes snow and for some, shoveling it off the sidewalk or driveway may be more difficult than it is for others. To lend a hand this year, three Lincoln Square organizations joined forces and created a group of “snow angels.”, ABC reports.

“We can look at the problems in our neighbourhood and the bigger spheres of Chicago and we can either say those problems are too big or we can take some action,” volunteer Betsy Serilla said. “So we’re out here shovelling what we can.”

The snow brigade is a product of the Heart of Lincoln Square Neighbours Association, Lincoln Square North Neighbours and the Greater Rockwell Organisation. They were inspired by a similar program created by My Block, My Hood, My City, an organisation that serves the South and West sides of Chicago.

Together, volunteers shovel outside the homes of the elderly and people with disabilities in their neighbourhood. They also shovel public spaces like parks to give families better access to winter activities. The brigade is only a few weeks old, but they’ve already gotten more than 50 volunteers on board, ready to make a difference in their community.

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