There are lots of ways to be a good neighbor.  Keep your property neat and clean, don't park your car directly across from their driveway, and even keep an eye out for their property when they're out of town or on vacation.

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Another great way to be a good neighbor, especially if your neighbors are elderly or handicapped in any way, is to help with snow removal. Experts are saying this winter could be a bad one with lots of snow.  Here's your chance to make the winter months a little less miserable for your neighbors.

The City of Dubuque is accepting applications and seeking volunteers for DBQ Shovel Crew, a volunteer-based snow shoveling assistance program. The program pairs volunteers with residents who are physically and financially unable to remove snow and ice from the sidewalk adjacent to their property and do not have other resources to clear it such as neighbors, friends, or a hired service.

To qualify for assistance with snow and ice removal, the property must be owner-occupied, and the resident must be physically unable to remove snow and meet the income guidelines.

The assistance program will have limited capacity and operate on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of volunteers identified will ultimately determine the number of DBQ Shovel Crew pairings that can be made through the program.

DBQ Shovel Crew volunteers care for a particular address, or addresses, throughout the winter season. If possible, volunteers are asked to provide their own snow-removal equipment. Note, the City has a limited supply of shovels and deicer salt for volunteers to borrow if needed.

Visit to apply for assistance or to sign up as a volunteer. For questions or more information, contact Right-of-Way Technician Rob McDonald at or 563.589.4159.

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