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Posted on: January 14, 2022

Pledge To Be Your Neighborhood's Sidewalk Hero!

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Sidewalk Heroes are individuals that want to help their fellow neighbors, by keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice this winter. Clearing the sidewalks can assist many people in your neighborhood, like children walking to and from school or their bus stop, the elderly, those with physical disabilities, mail carriers and meter readers.

Elgin needs Sidewalk Heroes. There is currently no City ordinance requiring property owners to shovel, one  good reason being that some people are not physically able to. So, the City asks for the cooperation and collaboration among neighbors to help keep the sidewalks clear. Sidewalk Heroes can be the champion of the block, clearing not just sidewalks, but also fire hydrants. Sidewalk Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, colors and backgrounds. They need not have a cape and mask, but if they do, it sure makes for a good photo.

Become a Sidewalk Hero
If you are willing and able to help, become the Sidewalk Hero that your neighborhood or block needs. Clear sidewalks, especially around known bus stops and in front of elderly neighbors' homes. Do you want to help but are not sure who might need assistance? Contact Seniors Services Associates of Elgin at 847-741-0404 and they will help connect you.

Share Your Good Deeds
Share photos of your good deeds on social media with #SidewalkHeroes for a chance to win prizes, like stickers and long-sleeved T-shirts! Make sure your post privacy setting is set to "public" so the City of Elgin and School District U-46 can find and maybe also share your photos.

Promote the Campaign
Not able to help, but want to help promote the campaign? Consider placing a yard sign on your property near the sidewalk, just not in the right-of-way. We'll even deliver it to you; just call 311. The more awareness the Sidewalk Heroes campaign receives, the more likely Elgin is to build neighborhood pride and recruit Sidewalk Heroes.

Learn more about Sidewalk Heroes.
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