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Students to help shovel out neighbors

Northeastern is organizing an effort for students to help shovel out neighbors surrounding campus following record snowfall that has blasted the Boston area in recent weeks.

The snow-removal effort will include shoveling out hydrants, sidewalks, and signage, and will focus on the Gainsborough Street, St. Stephens Street, and Westland Avenue areas.

Shovels will be provided to students, who are encouraged to bring their friends to help. To participate, students should go to the East Village lobby for a two-hour shift at the following days and times:

Thursday, Feb. 12: 12 p.m., 1 p.m., or 2 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 13: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., or 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14: 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 15: 1 p.m.

Supervisors will accompany students on each shoveling shift. Contact or if you have any questions, and use #NUshovelsboston on social media.

Fourth-year student Chrissy Beluk, SSH’16, said she’s eager to grab a shovel and help out. Beluk, a combined major in sociology and human services, is a community ambassador in Off Campus Student Services and previously worked on co-op in the service-learning program in the Center of Community Service. Through those experiences, she’s seen the value of being a good neighbor in the community.

Beluk hailed the work of Northeastern’s snow-removal team to keep campus clear over the past couple weeks, and she’s looking forward to helping with that effort in the community. A native New Englander, she’s no stranger to big snowstorms and will show up prepared in her insulated snow boots and ready to work.

“I’m very excited to be a part of this,” she said. “It will make a big difference.”

The Center of Community Service, Off Campus Student Services, University Facilities, The Program, and the Department of City and Community Affairs have been coordinating this effort. Organizers said they were also motivated by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s calls for the city’s residents to help their neighbors by assisting with snow removal.

The university has purchased an additional 200 shovels to distribute to students for this effort—and Facilities even sent a truck as far as Maine to obtain some of those shovels.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to continue being great neighbors in our community around campus,” said Rebecca Regan, program coordinator in Off Campus Student Services.


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