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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
HRM Looking for Volunteers to Help Those Unable to Help Themselves
(Tuesday, October 21/2003)-- HRM's Community Response Team is looking to put in place an "Adopt a Property Program" in an effort to help those who through age, disability or other reasons, are unable to clear debris left in the aftermath of Hurricane Juan.
Gary Martin, Manager of the Community Response Team, said HRM has put an "Adopt a Property Program" in place to encourage businesses, residents, church groups, sports clubs, service clubs, Legions, etc. to assist in this regard.
Mr. Martin said "We are encouraging organizations, businesses, and citizens in HRM's 23 Districts to seek out those who require assistance."
The Team, who is developing a database of residents who have asked for help, will be matched up with people (groups) who can assist. As an example, Mr. Martin said Ford of Canada contacted the Community Response Team and offered its assistance. The Team assigned the company to a particular home owned by an elderly couple in the Herring Cove area.
Those who are interested are encouraged to call 490-6360 - the Hurricane Juan Cleanup Line - and provide information as to locations (private property) that need to be cleared of debris.
Manager, Community Response Team