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Our Winter Buddy Program was born to respond to the myriad challenges of living through a Newton winter; short days, long and dark nights, cold and wet weather, snowfall, and possible power outages. It is one of our simplest, yet most effective programs. The 2017-18 program began on December 1, 2017.
This will be the sixth year of the Winter Buddy Program. Members and volunteers are matched from December 1 - April 1st. When a storm is expected the volunteer buddy will call the member buddy to ask if the member has essential supplies and if their cell phone is charging. If a storm lasts for more than one day the volunteer buddy will call each day to check-in. Many of our members have already decided to rejoin their volunteer buddy from last year.
If you would like to be assigned a volunteer Winter Buddy, please let Maureen know at:
If you would like to volunteer as a buddy and be paired with a member, please let Maureen know that too.
Please do not hesitate to contact the NAH office with any questions about this wonderful program. We look forward to hearing from you.
What does an NAH volunteer Winter Buddy do once they have been assigned a member?
Advise that a storm is coming
Assess need for essential supplies (medications, milk, bread, flashlights and batteries, etc.)
Ensure there are plans for snow removal
Check that their cellphone is charged
Call your buddy every day of the storm
Direct your buddy to appropriate help