When A Snowstorm Hit, Chicago Volunteers Leapt Into Action To Help Their Neighbors
"They say Chicago is segregated, but obviously people care about other people in our city," said Jahmal Cole, a community organizer with the group My Block, My Hood, My City.
The proof of neighborly love that Jahmal was referring to came in the form of a group of 120+ volunteers who trekked miles across Chicago to shovel snow for older folks on the South Side of the city after a storm dumped more than a foot of build-up on their blocks.
Volunteers visited more than 50 addresses on the South Side of Chicago, helping mostly elderly neighbors with the physically demanding task of snow removal. We can be sure that each had his or her own reason for volunteering, one of which was the Golden Rule:
"I said, you know what, 'just go pay it forward," explained David Thompson, a 26-year-old who traveled 15+ miles from his North Side home to help out with the effort.
South Side residents whose sidewalks got cleared by the community effort expressed equal parts surprise and gratitude for the help. One, a 24-year resident named Marc Townsend, described his feelings as such: "I'm still in awe. I've been out here for about an hour just wondering, like, 'what the hell?' this is beautiful."