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January 12, 2004 // UPDATED 2:32 pm - April 24, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Snow shoveling help needed

The Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches is looking for people to shovel sidewalks for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

The council will pay interested persons $10-$12 an hour for their efforts. The council has partnered with the city on the outreach program called Handyworks. Minneapolis requires all homeowners to clear snow from their sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowstorm. Other apartment and commercial building owners are required to shovel four hours after a heavy snowfall ends.

Katherine Panasuk, the council's director of senior services, said applicants will undergo a criminal background check to ensure residents' protection.

She said the council is eager to place workers with people who need an extra hand. "It takes someone who has a heart to help us out with the snow,"

she said.

For those interested in helping, and for senior citizens and people with disabilities interested in requesting a shoveler, call 721-8687 Ext. 315.