Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:13 pm Post subject: SNOW SHOVELING.......SENIORS & STUDENT PARTICIPATION
From Sep 13, 2012 to Dec 11, 2012 (included)
|Nine years ago Where to Turn began a program to provide free snow shoveling for seniors on Staten Island.
The idea was fairly simple. Register senior citizens and recruit student volunteers.
Match each student with the closest senior in our database and the senior gets their snow shoveled for free and in return the student gets 10 hours of community service credit.
We started off small and the first year we were able to shovel for 250 seniors.
As word got out more and more seniors registered and our volunteers grew as well.
Last year we were able to shovel for 500 seniors. Unfortunately by that time we had nearly 2,500 seniors registered.
Last year we lost nearly 150 volunteers and last year we lost another 150.
Despite our efforts to recruit new students (7th graders through High School) we have not been able to bring in new students.
If not for the efforts of St. Peters Boys, Monsignor Farrell, IS 49 and St. Clareís we wouldnít have the 250 students we have this year.
These schools make up 70% of our total volunteers because they actually promote the program at their schools.
Even though we contact every eligible school asking for assistance unless we can get someone at the school to help our efforts over two thousand seniors will go without shovelers.
There are nearly 10,000 eligible students and it is very disheartening that we can only recruit 250 volunteers.
We receive hundreds of calls every time it snows from seniors in need and it breaks our hearts that we have to tell them we just donít have the volunteers.
So we come to you to ask for assistance.
If you have a son or daughter 7th grade through High School please see if you can get them to sign up.
Please see why your school or congregation isnít promoting this program.
These are the seniors that helped make Staten Island what it is and they deserve our help.
9 out of 10 times we will find a senior within 2 blocks of the seniorís home.
Also we are looking for a few sponsors.
Maybe by offering awards to the schools that supply the most volunteers we may be able to generate more interest.
So we ask that you help us grow this program.
We ask that you share this information with your local schools, churches and synagogues.
We ask that your business or civic group think about sponsoring the program or help us promote it.
We ask that you help us help our seniors.
If you are interested please respond to this message or call us at 718-966-6531