Shovel volunteers help out seniors |

Shovel volunteers help out seniors

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

“Emergencies first” is the rule of thumb in the world of volunteer snow removal.

Help is available at South Lake Tahoe, but it may not come fast unless it’s an emergency because volunteers usually are flooded with work.

The South Lake Tahoe Rotary Club has offered snow removal for seniors and disabled people for the past four years. They have five members with plows. John Cefalu, a Rotarian since 1972, said he’s already plowed 75 driveways this year.

“We’ve got our hands full, let’s put it that way,” he said. “Sometimes we’re not able to handle calls as fast as we’d like.”

Any senior citizen who needs snow removal should contact the Senior Center at (530) 542-6092. Its staff will relay calls to the Rotary. Disabled residents in need should call Tahoe Area Coordinating Council for the Disabled at (530) 544-1127. They, too, will route requests to the Rotary.

Teri Boldt, an El Dorado County adult social worker, also will accept snow removal requests from people with low income who are elderly or disabled. Boldt can be reached at (530) 573-3207. Requests that reach her will be forwarded to Kiwanis of Sierra Tahoe. Sue Tarter, president-elect of that service group, said once she starts getting calls from Boldt she will organize a group of volunteer shovelers.

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