When Jahmal Cole asked for volunteers to come out and help shovel snow on the South Side of Chicago, dozens of people came out with their shovels ready to help clear the streets and sidewalks. Cole’s community group My Block, My Hood, My City motivated 120 volunteers to come lend a hand over the weekend.
The group shoveled sidewalks at more than 50 addresses mostly where senior citizens live. Folks from different neighborhoods came together and worked as a community to spread goodwill. And that’s just what Cole was hoping for.
"You don’t need a master’s degree to shovel snow, you don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to help out your neighbor,” Cole explains, “so this is all about just giving.”