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Posted on: November 9, 2023

DBQ Shovel Crew Seeking Applicants and Volunteers for Snow Shoveling Assistance Program

The City of Dubuque is now 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 on to their properties and do not have other resources such as neighbors, friends, or a hired service. 

To qualify for the program, a property must be owner-occupied, and the resident must meet income guidelines and be physically unable to remove snow. The program will have limited capacity and operate on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of volunteers will determine the number of DBQ Shovel Crew pairings that can be made. 

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. The City does have a limited supply of shovels and deicer salt for volunteers to borrow if needed. 

To apply for assistance or to sign up as a volunteer, visit For questions or more information, contact Right-of-Way Technician Rob McDonald at or (563) 589-4159. 

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