PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Serve Rhode Island is once again looking for volunteers to help people shovel out from the upcoming weekend storm.
It’s become a dire situation for some, as Serve Rhode Island has received a phone call from a man who has been stuck in his house for 19 days since the blizzard.
“He said ‘I’m out of food. I’m out of milk. I’m out of bread. I can’t get out, I’m 84 years old. He said I’ve got asthma,’ he’s not able to shovel,” Bernie Beaudreau of Serve Rhode Island explained. “He just recently called us, so I think there are a number of elderly who have held off asking for help for whatever reason and now we’re starting to hear about them after they really run out of their own resources and their own ideas.”
According to Beaudreau, a total of 148 Serve Rhode Island volunteers have completed 522 shoveling jobs around the state since January 28. He said a lot of the volunteers are understandably tired and a relief team is needed.
“We need some new volunteers to get through the rest of our list; which is about 80 that we haven’t gotten to. Plus, another probably 400 come after the storm, depending on how severe the storm is.”
The organization said they unfortunately cannot meet everyone’s needs.
“Those without neighbors, family or resources for paid services, and those with medical conditions demanding their quick clearance of snow are our first priority,” Beaudreau said.
There are currently 78 residents still seeking assistance from this week’s snow storm.
For more information on how you can help, visit serverhodeisland.org. Sign up is easy and only takes about five minutes. Beaudreau said volunteers will be up and running after a quick background check.