October 19, 2017
Waterloo Region, ON – While most people don’t want to think of the snowy winter ahead, community support agencies are already searching for snow buddies interested in helping local seniors and adults with disabilities get through the tough winter months.
Often with just a few practical supports, our most vulnerable neighbours can continue to enjoy the comforts of home, instead of moving to a long-term care facility or experiencing an avoidable hospital stay.
October is Community Support Month in Ontario, an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness about the value of helping people live at home independently.
Throughout the month there are special days of recognition and Friday, October 20th is Home Help/Maintenance Service Day. Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) is using the day to spread awareness about their need for snow buddies this coming season.
In Kitchener alone, more than 120 clients are waiting to be matched with a snow buddy and there will be more by the time November rolls around. There are 50 clients on the waitlist in Cambridge.
“Snow buddies give our clients a sense of security, knowing they can leave their home safely without having a slip or a fall,” said Rosalind Horne, Director of Engagement and Responsiveness at CSC. “We’re reaching out to everyone in the community, especially parents and youth, to take advantage of this rewarding and flexible work experience.”
The agency accepts applicants as young as 11 years old as long as a parent or guardian accompanies them to the client’s home, which is a great opportunity for youth to gain practical work experience while earning extra cash.
Snow buddies, also known as brokered workers, are paid directly by the client at a rate of $15 an hour and can take as many clients as they want. Once screened and matched by CSC, they simply exchange phone numbers and the client calls their snow buddy when they need the service.
For information on becoming a snow buddy or to learn about CSC’s many volunteer opportunities, please call 519‑772‑8787 or visit www.communitysupportconnections.org.
Waterloo Home Support provides the snow buddy service in Waterloo.
Community Support Connections - Meals on Wheels and More offers a variety of supports and services to help people live at home with independence and dignity. Over 700 volunteers help support our small staff in serving 7,540 of our neighbours in Waterloo Region.
For more information please contact:
Director of Engagement and Responsiveness
519-772-8787 ext. 225