Neighborly Shoveling Assistance, Connection, and Bonds

Do you need or know anyone who need shoveling assistance?

Would like like to help dig out neighbors in need of assistance?

If so, then is for you!

What is Snowcrew? a mobile optimized web app that connects people who need help shoveling with nearby neighbors “Yetis/Volunteers” who can and want to help dig out their neighbors.

Where does it work? Everywhere!

How does it work?

Each time it snows, whomever needs help shoveling log into and request “Shoveling Assistance.” Those who have signed up to help get notified that a neighbor (s) needs help. They can also “scout” to see who needs help via on their mobile phone or device of choice.

“Yeti’s” shovel out people who are not physically able to shovel or cannot afford to hire someone to dig them out.

How can you get involved?

  • Go to and create a profile to volunteer or request shoveling assistance
  • Help us spread the word by RTing our tweets and sharing our facebook updates.
  • Share this post to your networks
  • Shovel out cars parked in and empty handicap parking spots
  • Check in our neighbors who are elderly and have disabilities

What difference to Snowcrew Make?

For the elderly and people with disabilities, snowstorms can mean being trapped at home unable to get to work, to the food store, to the pharmacy, or have the mail delivered. It can mean that for days, you’re stuck alone in your home fearful of what might happen and that the stability of your health and life might be compromised.

  • Snowcrew helps keep people healthy and financially sound –  When shoveled out, people can get to work, the pharmacy, the food store, and to medical appointments. Social security checks, medications and medical equipment are delivered.
  • Snowcrew increases resilience – When communities are connected and in service to each other they are stronger and better poised to prevent, respond to, and overcome challenges and disasters.
  • Snowcrew eases the burden on government – Citizens who have time and wish to pitch in dig out publicproperty such as fire hydrants, handicap ramps and curb cuts, and bus stops that increase accessibility and improve quality of life.
  • Snowcrew fosters connection – Those who request and give shoveling assistance enjoy new connections,friendships, and experiences.

Who do people who have been helped by snowcrew say?

  • “I’m blown away; I have never received help like this from strangers before, and I’m honored to now call them my neighbors. So my deepest and heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you”. Nancy, Hardyston NJ who was trapped in her home for 4 days following a storm in February 2014.
  • “Just wanted to thank you and Bob for helping me as a neighbor to clear my car so I could make it to my doctor’s appt. It made an important difference”. Marcia, Jamaica Plain, MA Feburary 2014
  • “Someone came to help! thank you!” Michelle, Lincroft NJ February 2014

How did Snowcrew Get Started?

Snowcrew got started in 2009 when I realized one my widowed elderly neighbors might be stuck in her home during huge storm we had. The first version of Snowcrew used a Google map and a Google form. After I learned about former Mayor Cory Booker digging out his constituents after receiving a constituent tweet, I wanted to see if I could build on former Mayor Booker’s success by using technology to allow neighbors to engage each other online to get shoveled out simultaneously and in multiple cities and towns at the same time. Today, accomplishes this goal!

What technology powers Snowcrew? was developed by the generous and neighbors team at and is powered by their API.


Joseph Porcelli – Founder and Volunter Oganizer