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City of Chicago Snow Corps aims to shovel snow for elderly and disabled

Shoveling snow - not for the faint-hearted
Shoveling snow - not for the faint-hearted
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If you're a leading-edge boomer, most of the world considers you a member of the elderly, even though you probably don't think of yourself that way. But when it comes to shoveling heavy snow in sub-zero temperatures, don't kid yourself: it's a tough job that gets harder with each passing year.

God bless Chicago. They've recently begun a program called Chicago Snow Corps that's designed to connect volunteers with elderly and disabled citizens who need to get their snow removed safely. All you do is call 311 and state your case. The City will do its best to get someone to help you in a reasonable time frame.

This is really great for homeowners and others who have a legal obligation to remove snow from their public sidewalks. But realistically, in conditions like we're experiencing this winter - it was minus-16 degrees this morning - they might not be able to help everybody. I just tried 311 and didn't get an answer for a long time. So you have to have patience in times of extreme weather.

If you just need to be able to get out of your parking space, it might be better to just take public transportation until things ease up a little. Visit Dress warmly in layers and allow lots of time, whichever way you go.