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Volunteer shovelers gear up for snow time

Handicapped and elderly residents near campus will be getting a helping hand this winter when the snow flies and the wind howls.

A brigade of volunteer snow-shovelers has been formed to make sure neighbors who need help hefting snow and ice receive it free of charge. The effort is a service of University Neighbors, a registered neighborhood organization whose boundaries extend from University Boulevard to Downing Street and Buchtel Boulevard south to Yale Avenue.

“There has been a lot of informal, good neighbor snow-shoveling going on, but we want to expand that,” said University Neighbors President Liz Ullman.

So far about 25 shovelers have been enlisted but more are being sought. Ullman estimates that some 100 households could use assistance from the nearly 2,000 households in the target area.

Volunteer shovelers or residents in need of shoveling help should sign up by calling Christy at 303-722-1424 or by e-mailing her at Ullman says University Neighbors trusts residents, so there are no eligibility criteria for getting shoveling help, she says. “We really feel there won’t be any abuses.”

City code requires that snow and ice be removed from residential sidewalks within 24 hours after snowfall has stopped.

The next meeting of University Neighbors will be Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 2695 S. Franklin St., near the intersection of Yale Avenue and Franklin. For more information about the group, go

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