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Are you looking for assistance with snow removal during the winter months? Or are you hoping to find a way to connect with your neighbors to offer your assistance shoveling? 

The City of Aurora provides the Operation Senior Shovel (OSS) program for senior citizens and disabled persons in need of assistance and volunteers who can help in their time of need. 

Operation Senior Shovel (OSS) is a weather-related service:

  • that is only activated after snow events of 2 inches or more
  • where every effort will be made to secure a volunteer to assist within 48 hours, beginning the morning after each snow event of 2 inches or more

 Senior/Individual with disabilities Requesting Assistance

Seniors or individuals with disabilities must apply to be considered for the OSS program. The senior or individuals with disabilities must meet the eligibility criteria to be considered for approval. Upon being approved, you will receive services beginning in December 2021 through March 2022, for each snow event 2 inches or more.

Main Eligibility Criteria:

  •  Aurora resident
  •  Senior Citizen age 60 and older
  • Disabled or serious medical condition
  • No other adults under the age of 60 living in the home capable of removing the snow 
  • No other family member or neighbor available to assist with snow removal
Additional Requirements for
Senior Citizens 
 - Occupants in your house, must also be over the age of 60 for you to qualify, OR, if aged 18 to 59, must be unable to shovel snow due to a temporary or permanent disability or serious medical condition.  
 - Each occupant aged 18 to 59 must provide a statement, from a medical professional, verifying that the disability or serious medical condition prevents them from shoveling snow.
 - If any occupants aged 18 to 59 are not disabled or have a serious medical condition, then the elderly resident is not eligible for the program.
Additional Requirements of 
Individuals with Disabilities
 - The applying resident must provide a statement, from a medical professional, verifying that the disability or medical condition prevents you from shoveling snow.
 - Occupants in your house aged 18 or older, may be required to provide a statement from a medical professional stating that they are disabled or have a serious medical condition and cannot shovel snow.  
- If the occupants in your house, are not disabled or have a serious medical condition, then the disabled resident is not eligible for the program.

APPLY FOR SERVICE
NOTICE: APPLICATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. CAPACITY HAS BEEN REACHED AT 12 PM ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 13.

Seniors or individuals with disabilities (or their designees) can apply by:

    Completing the online application:  APPLICATION CLOSED. CAPACITY HAS BEEN REACHED,.

    Calling: PHONE LINE CLOSED. CAPACITY HAS BEEN REACHED.

VOLUNTEER FOR OPERATION SENIOR SHOVEL

All volunteers will be asked to try and commit services beginning in December 2021 through March 2022, with the understanding of the need for flexibility. Each volunteer will be assigned two residents’ homes, only providing service after each snow event 2 inches or more. All volunteers assisting must:

  • provide their own shovels or snow blowers
  • designate which ward(s) they are willing to provide services
  • complete the volunteer application: click here

If you have questions, or would like to share a testimony or photos from your OSS experience, please email us at [email protected] or call at 630- 256-INFO