Snow buddies needed for local seniors
WATERLOO REGION Most people don’t want to think about the snowy winter that will soon be on its way, but community support agencies are working hard to find snow buddies for local seniors.
Community Support Connections Meals on Wheels and More match clients in Kitchener and Cambridge, while Waterloo Home Support works with seniors in that city to pair them up with screened snow workers who can help them stay in their own homes.
CSC has around 95 clients on the wait list for a snow buddy, and are still recruiting brokered workers to fill the need.
“In Kitchener we have 16 workers so far who are doing snow shoveling this year. I have had at least 8 to 10 workers who have either retired or have decided not to take on more than a couple of clients….so I could use approximately 10 more to meet last year’s numbers and cover whatever new requests we have this year,” said Heather Mason, the Brokered Worker Coordinator at CSC.
In Cambridge CSC has 14 workers on board so far and requires approximately six more workers to cover the requests. These numbers are just to start the season and hiring continues throughout season until about January.
Waterloo Home Support may need to triple the amount of snow workers they have on their roster, depending how many each one is willing to take on, but require between four and eight more people. Waterloo Home support Services is looking for 4 to 6 workers to fill up their snow buddy program for seniors. There is a particular need to find recruits in Northfield, Country Squire area of Waterloo (postal code N2K) and on the West side which is near Fischer Hallman and Erbsville Road area of Waterloo (postal Code N2T).
Snow buddies are paid directly by the client at a rate of $14 an hour, after a screening process which includes providing a police check for working with the vulnerable sector. Police checks take several weeks.