Evanston volunteers and residents seeking snow shoveling assistance this winter season are encouraged to sign up for the City’s Senior & Disabled Persons Snow Shoveling program.

Now in its fourth year, the program connects seniors and those with disabilities who need assistance clearing snow with volunteers willing to provide snow shoveling services. Last winter, 100 volunteers signed up for the program, assisting more than 80 residents in need.

Volunteers throughout Evanston are needed for the entire 2014-15 winter season. The City is especially in need of volunteers in Evanston’s 2nd, 7th and 8th wards. The City’s About My Place tool can help residents identify their ward.

Those who sign up for assistance will be provided with a complete list of available volunteers in their area, and are responsible for contacting a volunteer from the list and making arrangements. The volunteer is responsible for completing the task or notifying the resident if they are unable to complete the work.

To register for assistance or to volunteer, visit cityofevanston.org/shoveling or call/text 847-448-4311.

When shoveling sidewalks, residents are asked to clear paths that are at least 36 inches wide to allow everyone, including children, people with disabilities and the elderly, to travel freely using the sidewalks instead of the streets.

Evanston property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after any snowfall. Landlords are responsible for keeping sidewalks, parking lots and all common areas, including open stairwells, free from hazardous conditions at all times.

For more information about snow removal, visit cityofevanston.org/snow. To report a snow removal violation, call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may also dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.