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Whipper Snippers Program

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Resident Information Package

The Whipper Snippers program is a proactive approach to helping those who are unable to maintain their lawn through the summer months.

This program matches individuals or groups of volunteers with a resident in need of lawn maintenance.


Am I eligible for this service?

This service is for residents who have a medical or mobility need that is preventing them from participating in lawn maintenance activities and who have no other capable members residing in their home to assist.

The Whipper Snippers program is able to provide support to residents that have a total income of $29,285 or less for a single person, and a couple with a total combined income of $47,545 or less. This is line 150 on the income tax return.

These income levels are in line with the Alberta Government’s financial assistance programs for seniors.

How long is the commitment?

The nature of the program is to provide a resident in need with a regular service until the end of the season. However, service may vary depending on the number of volunteers in your area and the commitment they can make to the program. We will make every effort to ensure that qualifying residents are paired with a volunteer, but cannot guarantee everyone will receive this service.

Do I have to provide the tools?

Yes, we ask the residents to allow the volunteer to use their lawnmower. Please have the lawnmower easily accessible for the volunteer.

How do I know who will be coming?

We will provide only your name, phone number and street address to the potential volunteer after they have been screened. We will call you to let you know who your volunteer is and that they will be contacting you to ar-range their first visit.

Do you screen the volunteers?

All volunteers must complete an application form and a criminal record check with the local RCMP detachment prior to being put on the list. However, we assume no responsibility for the actions of the volunteers. We expect that all residents will exercise caution, and invite all participants to call us at 780-992-6267 with any concerns or questions.

What if the volunteer fails to come?

On occasion a volunteer may not come for some time for very good and legitimate reasons. If you have any concerns regarding the service provided, please call the Program Coordinator at 780-992-6267.

Is there a fee for this service?

No, at no time should you be required to pay or give anything to your volunteer. If the volunteer requests this from you, please tell them that you will need to check with the Program Coordinator first. Then call us immediately if you are asked for any money, goods, loans, food, favors or donations from your volunteer as this is not appropriate under this program.

How should I thank my volunteer for their service?

It is important to remember that your volunteer is taking time out of their day to help you, and giving recognition is a very important role that you play in the program. A simple and friendly thank-you is often the most rewarding sign of appreciation. Some people write a thank-you card at the end of the season, but these are not expected.


Application Form

DUE TO LIMITED RESOURCES AVAILABLE, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT ALL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE THIS SERVICE

Applicant Information

Emergency Contact Information

Criteria for the Whipper Snippers Program

This program is designed for Fort Saskatchewan seniors who have a condition or disability (temporary or permanent) preventing them from cutting their lawn. Due to the increased need for assistance, the Whipper Snippers program will only consider residents that have a total income of $29,285 or less for a single person, and a couple with a total combined in-come of $47,545 or less. This is line 150 on the income tax return.

These income levels are in line with the Alberta Government’s financial assistance programs for seniors.

Recommending Agency

Recommending agencies include a family physician, Home Support Services, or Home Care.

You must be a current client of Home Care or Home Support Services in order for these agencies to provide a referral.

Disclosure

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This personal information is being collected under the authority of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used for the co-ordination of the Whipper Snippers Program. It will be treated in accordance with the privacy protection provisions of Part 2 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. If you have any questions about the collection, contact the FOIP Coordinator for the City of Fort Saskatchewan at 780-992-6200.


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