Age Friendly South Portland, in partnership with the South Portland Public Works Department, is once again providing its Sand Buckets for Seniors program this coming winter season.

Last season’s Sand Buckets for Seniors program in South Portland served more than 250 residents. successful program that served more than 250 residents. For more information or to request a bucket, call 207-767-7635 or email [email protected] Courtesy photo

Like last season’s successful program that served more 250 residents throughout the city, seniors and individuals with mobility issues can reach out to public works to receive a 5-gallon sand bucket to use on slippery walkways around their homes. Residents can call 207-767-7635 or email [email protected] to request a bucket and/or sand refill.

For residents who received a sand bucket last winter, Age Friendly South Portland is requesting that the buckets be reused, if possible, for this winter’s program in order to reduce costs. Buckets should be placed outdoors in a location convenient and readily accessible to public works staff later this fall/prior to the first snowfall.

If you used the program last year, but do not intend to continue its services, please reach out to the public works department to return your bucket.

To learn more about this service, including to receive a bucket and/or sand refill, call 207-767-7635 or email [email protected]

Shoveling volunteers sought

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It’s going to snow. That’s right, and we, Age Friendly South Portland, need volunteers to help shovel walks and mailboxes of older residents who can’t man those shovels.

We started offering snow shoveling last year using volunteers. It was a great success and we now need more helpers to commit to a single walk or mailbox for one of our seniors. We are getting many calls from people wanting to get on the snow shoveling list and we hope you can raise your arm (with a shovel in hand) and help them out.

We are asking each helper to work with one resident. Your work can help increase peoples’ safety and mobility so please consider helping us out. For more information, email [email protected], call 207-799-6350 to talk with Sue Henderson, or call 207-799-8888 to talk with Maxine Beecher. We can help you get signed up.

Susan Henderson, secretary for Age Friendly South Portland. She can be reached at [email protected]

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