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What is the Snow Angels Program?

Snow-covered sidewalks can be hazardous for everyone. The City of Pittsburgh’s Snow Angels Program pairs older residents and residents with disabilities with nearby neighbors who volunteer to assist them with snow removal on their sidewalks and walkways.

Along with fostering stronger community relationships and relieving some of the stress that comes from a snowfall or freeze, Snow Angels make our sidewalks safer for those who are outside during the winter weather – like postal carriers, firefighters, police officers, and other neighbors.

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Volunteer as a Pittsburgh Snow Angel

Because helping your neighbors is SNOW much fun!

You can sign up online to offer help as a volunteer. The Snow Angels Program will work to pair you with a nearby neighbor. We will be in touch when you have been matched with a neighbor in need.

Things to Know about Signing Up to Volunteer as a Snow Angel:

  • You will be assigned to a neighbor in need who lives no more than a 10-minute walk from your address.
  • We will contact you via email with confirmation details when you have been assigned a neighbor.
  • You may not be assigned to help a neighbor immediately. Neighbors request help throughout the winter season. You may be assigned immediately, a few weeks after you sign up, or later during the winter.
  • Your assignment depends on if there is a neighbor who needs help near you. If none of your neighbors sign up, we may not be able to assign you. Either way, we will keep in touch regularly!
  • Once assigned, you can opt-in to receive text message reminders when a snow event is forecasted.
  • We ask that you help out your neighbor as soon as you are able and within 24-hours of the end of a snow event.
  • Sometimes more than one neighbor who needs help live in the same block. If you’re willing to help shovel and salt for more than one neighbor, please let us know on your registration form.
  • Neighbors are expected to have a snow shovel and salt available for their Snow Angel. In rare instances that they are unable to provide these tools, we will notify you via email.
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Request Help from a Snow Angel

If you’d like a neighbor to come help break the ice!

Here are the requirements neighbors must meet to request a Snow Angel:

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Be at least 60 years old or have a physical disability
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Live within the City of Pittsburgh Limit? Click here to find out if you live within the City's limits.
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Do not have resources (financial or family/friends nearby) to assist with snow removal

Things to Know When You Sign Up to Request Help:

  • You are not guaranteed assistance. Service depends on if there’s a Snow Angel who has signed up near you. Our staff works closely with the community to do the best volunteer recruitment and outreach we can, but we cannot guarantee that you will be matched.
  • If you are matched with a volunteer, we will notify you by email or phone call. Registration is on a rolling basis, so a Snow Angel may be available later in the season. We will call you when you have a match.
  • You may not receive immediate help during a snowfall. Please give your volunteer a reasonable amount of time to assist you - we recommend allowing 24-hours after a snow event concludes. Your Snow Angel may have work, family, or personal matters that prevent them from immediately shoveling and salting your sidewalk or walkway.
  • You should have a shovel and salt available located outside of your house for your volunteer to use. You should not have to be home when a volunteer arrives to help.
Sign Up
Call 311 (412-255-2621)
Complete the ONLINE REQUEST FORM below:

ONLINE REQUEST FORM

Have Questions?

For questions regarding Pittsburgh Snow Angels please email us at:
SnowAngels@pittsburghpa.gov

412-255-0846
Snow Angels is a City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works Program
414 Grant Street, 5th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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In consideration of my being permitted to participate as a Volunteer in the City of Pittsburgh Snow Angels Program (the “Program”) for Fall/Winter Season 2021-2022, I, on behalf of myself and any of my personal representatives, heirs, and next of kin, hereby COVENANT NOT TO SUE and to HOLD HARMLESS, RELEASE, AND INDEMNIFY the City of Pittsburgh, its officers, agents and/or employees (hereinafter referred to as the “Releasees”) from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions and causes of action whatsoever, brought by any party against any party, arising out of my participation in the Program and whether caused by the negligence of the Releasees or otherwise. This RELEASE, WAIVER OF LIABILITY and INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT shall remain valid in perpetuity and shall include all possible claims of negligence or other causes of action that could be asserted against the Releasees by me.

I warrant and represent that I understand and accept the conditions of my participation as a Volunteer in the City of Pittsburgh Snow Angel Program for Fall/Winter Season 2021-2022, having full authority to do so. I recognize that my participation in the Program shall not include any interactions or communications with recipient owner(s) of private property except to the extent necessary to perform requested snow removals. I further recognize that no entry inside the residence(s) of any recipient owner(s) is permitted in conjunction with my participation in the Program and that I will only enter upon the premises of properties whose owner(s) have requested snow removal therefrom for the purpose of performing requested snow removals.

I acknowledge that the recipient owner(s) of the property bears responsibility for compliance with all State law and City ordinances including maintenance of the property’s yard, sidewalks, structure exterior and interior, and that City is not responsible for said maintenance nor does it guarantee the condition or safety of the private properties whereupon I may perform snow removal as entailed by my participation in this Program. I also acknowledge that as a Program Volunteer I will not be an employee of the City of Pittsburgh and/or acting as an agent on behalf of the City.

I further expressly agree that the foregoing RELEASE, WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and that if any portion thereof is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.

I HAVE READ AND VOLUNTARILY SIGN THE RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT, and further agree that no oral representations, statements, or inducements apart from the foregoing written agreement have been made.

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In consideration of my/our being permitted to participate in the City of Pittsburgh Snow Angels Program (the “Program”), I/w, on behalf of myself/ourselves and any of my /our personal representatives, heirs, and next of kin hereby COVENANT NOT TO SUE and to HOLD HARMLESS, RELEASE, AND INDEMNIFY the City of Pittsburgh, its officers, agents, or employees (hereinafter referred to as the “Releases”) from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions and causes of action whatsoever, brought by any party against any party, arising out of my/our participation in the Program and whether caused by the negligence of the Releases or otherwise. This RELEASE, WAIVER OF LIABILITY and INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT shall remain valid in perpetuity and shall include all possible claims of negligence or other causes of action that could be asserted against the Releasees by me/us.

I/we warrant and represent that I/we are the owner(s) of the property described above and hereby authorize the snow removal volunteer work to be performed at my/our property during the Fall/Winter Season 2021-2022, having full authority to do so. I/we acknowledge that as owner(s) of the property I/we remain responsible for compliance with all State law and City ordinances including maintenance of the property’s yard, sidewalks, structure exterior and interior, and that I/we are not relieved from said obligation by my/our participation in this Program. The City of Pittsburgh does not guarantee that the volunteer work contemplated by this Program will be performed or that it will be performed in a timely or satisfactory manner. I/we further understand that by offering this Program, the City of Pittsburgh is solely seeking to facilitate matching my/our request for volunteer assistance from the general public. I/we also acknowledge that Program Volunteers will not be employees of the City of Pittsburgh and/or acting as agents on behalf of the City.

I/we recognize that participation in the Program shall not include any interactions or communications between Program Volunteers and recipient owner(s) of private property except to the extent necessary to perform requested snow removals. I/we further recognize that no entry by Volunteers inside my/our residence(s) is permitted and that Volunteers will only enter upon the premises of my/our properties for the purpose of performing requested snow removals. I/we further understand that the undertaking of this activity may result in personal injury and/or damage to my/our property and agree that the City will not be responsible for any such personal injuries and/or property repairs resulting from my/our participation in this Program.

The UNDERSIGNED further expressly agrees that the foregoing RELEASE, WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and that if any portion thereof is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.

THE UNDERSIGNED HAS READ AND VOLUNTARILY SIGNS THE RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT, and further agrees that no oral representations, statements, or inducements apart from the foregoing written agreement have been made.

Applicant’s Signature: By signing below, I/we are requesting the services of a Snow Angels Volunteer. I/we certify that: I/we are at least 60 years old or have a physical disability that prevents me/us from removing snow, I/we do not have available resources to assist with my/our snow removal, and that I/we live within the Pittsburgh City Limits. I/we are aware that Snow Angels recipients are matched with a Volunteer on an availability basis, and therefore, I/we are not guaranteed to be matched with a Program Volunteer.

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