Winter Storm Niko proved to be no match for Hofstra University’s Snow Angels, as student volunteers bundled up to shovel snow at the homes of local senior citizens and disabled residents.
About 15 students cleared walkways, sidewalks, driveways and steps at more than 20 homes in neighboring Hempstead and Uniondale, a day after the blizzard dumped about a foot of snow in the region.
“I think it’s a good way to give back to the community because we’re doing what ought to be done,” said Kyler Lopez, a sophomore film major and member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. “For people who don’t have the ability to go out and shovel snow, we’re out here trying to make their lives just a little bit easier.”
The Phi Delta Theta fraternity has participated in this community service program for three years. Last month, four members of the group cleaned snow at local homes during the year’s first snowfall.
“It’s great because we don’t get many people coming around shoveling snow as opposed to years ago,” said Denise Culberson of Hempstead. “I think it’s an amazing program, and I’m sure many senior citizens and disabled people would benefit from it.”
The Angel Snow program, which was created in 2011 by Anita Ellis, director of the Office of Commuting Student Services and Community Outreach, has now helped more than 60 local individuals and families with snow cleanup.
Students who are interested in participating should contact Anita Ellis.
– Meghan Von Elm, BA’15, MA’18