Adopt A Neighbor – A community initiative to assist older adults and individuals with disabilities during winter

October 3, 2023

Winter can be a beautiful season, but it can also bring challenges, especially for older adults and individuals living with disabilities. Shoveling sidewalks and driveways can become an arduous task, and for some, it’s dangerous or not possible. That’s where “Adopt A Neighbor” comes in.

Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington is looking for compassionate groups in Spokane, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Ferry, and Whitman Counties willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.

“Adopt A Neighbor” is a community-driven effort designed to assist seniors and individuals with disabilities during the snow season.

Here’s how it works for the 2023-2024 winter:

  1. Volunteer Participation: We are seeking groups such as clubs, organizations, businesses, Churches, Community Centers, and schools willing to adopt one or more older adults or individuals with disabilities in their community.
  2. Resource Allocation: Each participating entity decides how many community members they can adopt and support.
  3. Referral Process: When Aging & Long Term Care receives a call from someone in need of snow removal assistance, we will provide you with the individual’s contact information.
  4. Direct Communication: All communication and coordination will happen directly between you and the neighbor you adopt. This personal touch fosters a sense of community and care.
  5. Flexible Commitment: Your commitment can be as flexible as you decide. Once you’ve adopted as many individuals as you can accommodate, we will stop referring new neighbors to you.

How to Get Involved: If your group is interested in participating in “Adopt A Neighbor” and making a meaningful impact in your community, please reach out to us. You can contact us at or (509) 960-7281 to express your interest and get started.

“Adopt A Neighbor” is an opportunity for our community to come together and support those who may need a little extra help during the winter months. By participating, you not only provide a valuable service but also strengthen the bonds of compassion and solidarity within our neighborhoods. Let’s make this winter season a little warmer for our seniors and individuals with disabilities through “Adopt A Neighbor.”