So far, 345 teens have helped clear about 1,000 sidewalks and driveways for residents in need.
Last week, a blizzard overtook Baltimore, Maryland. The city saw its largest single-day snowfall ever – topping 27 inches!
While some residents were wary of the weather, hundreds of teens were excited about the snowfall, as it offered an opportunity to make some much-needed cash.
Reports The Baltimore Sun, teens equipped with a smartphone have the opportunity to partner with the City Youth Snow Program to clear snow from sidewalks and driveways.
The program, launched by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, was announced last year. Its aim is to not only provide work opportunities to those who need them but to assist the disabled and elderly who need assistance shoveling snow.
The program uses a phone app to connect the willing teens with jobs in their area, which are usually within a few blocks of their home. The snow crews venture to the site – shovel in tow – and then take a picture before and after they’ve cleared the sidewalks and driveways.
Teens make about $10 an hour while helping those who need assistance during the frigid snowfall.
So far, the City Youth Snow Program has partnered with 345 teens and has paid them for clearing snow for roughly 1,000 people who can’t manage it themselves.
The work may not be easy, but it is rewarding.
“I needed money, and I can’t get a job right now,” said 16-year-old Cory Daniels. “It’s worth it because I’m helping the elderly. But it’s hard work.”
Residents who would like to register can call 443-263-2220.
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