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County seeks faith community to assist elderly in removing snow from home walkways

01/27/2016 -

shovel snow
Good Afternoon Pastors and Faith Leaders,

I am writing in my official capacity as a member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall’s staff. As you might imagine, the Board of Supervisors is receiving a number of requests from the public asking for assistance with digging out of their homes. Although most are requests for us to expedite VDOT service, we do have a few requests from citizens needing help digging out of their driveways, front doors and personal property.

Yesterday, we received a call from a disabled Ashburn resident who was stuck inside b/c neither she nor her elderly parents could physically shovel. While the County cannot respond to these requests, we thought this was a great way to partner with the faith community to activate a volunteer network of sorts. In this instance, this resident could not afford to pay the fees that some people requested thus, she needed the help of a kind neighbor.

In the coming days, I suspect that these requests will continue to come in and I’d like to see if I could share them with you as faith leaders to see if your members might be willing to assist.

For the particular instance mentioned above, Pastor Michelle C. Thomas (Holy & Whole Life Changing Ministries - Lansdowne) activated a few members from her church to respond but I’d like to keep these lines of communication open for future needs. Pastor Wayne Wyatt (Loudoun Bible Church - Ashburn) has also offered to assist wherever possible but it’s becoming apparent that there is a great need within Loudoun County and quite simply, we need your help to tackle this type of effort.

Kind Regards,
Jeanine H. Arnett
Chief of Staff for Phyllis J. Randall
Chair, At-Large
County of Loudoun Board of Supervisors

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