Volunteers still helping to shovel for those who need help

By: Samantha Lavien

Four days after a blizzard blasted through the region volunteers in Rhode Island are still hard at work, helping shovel out those who can’t do it on their own.

So far, just under 100 volunteers have worked with Serve Rhode Island to help dig out homes of elderly and disabled residents.

“Words cannot say, believe me. It is really good to have young people like this coming out to help seniors like myself,” said Ruby Sweetwind.

Three volunteers helped to dig out the sidewalk in front of Sweetwind’s home Friday night.

“I’m 72 years of age and I have a heart problem. I am the one who used to do it, but I can’t do it no more,” said Sweetwind.

Volunteers have shoveled out around 250 homes since the storm hit and there are still a little more than 100 who have requested help over the next few days.

“I’ve lived in Providence for more than 4 and a half years and this is my neighborhood and my community and so when I saw that some folks would need help. It was just the natural thing as a neighbor to pitch in,” said volunteer Lauren Watka.

“It’s a lot of work to do on your own. We are able to do our own driveways, but I couldn’t imagine someone who is older on their own doing it so just seems like something neighbors should do for each other,” said volunteer Alison Bognuda.

The organization says they’ll need 50 to 60 volunteers to finish off the requests for help cleaning up from the storm.

 (C) WLNE 2015