Auburn community free sand buckets program helps keep older residents safe

AUBURN – Winter months in Maine can be challenging; for the seventh year in a row, Auburn Public Works is offering its “Sand Buckets for Seniors” program.
Through this very successful campaign, APW employees will deliver a free, full bucket of sand for senior citizen residents for use this sand on their walkways, steps, and driveways to make them safer during the snowy/icy winter months. More than 250 Auburn residents are already enrolled in the program.
“This program is a way for the city to show appreciation and respect for the seniors in our community, and to help keep them safe,” said Public Works Director Dan Goyette. “Our employees really enjoy connecting with residents in this way.”
City Manager Phil Crowell applauds the community outreach by staff. “I am so proud of the team at Public Works for reaching out to our local seniors in this way,” said Crowell. “Showing our residents how much we care about their safety speaks volumes about our dedicated staff.”
This special program is made possible through support from The Home Depot and Lowe’s in Auburn, partnering with Auburn Public Works each year and providing buckets for the program.
Auburn homeowners who are 65 and older and wish to receive a free bucket of sand to use on their steps and walkways should contact Auburn Public Works at 207-333-6670 by Oct. 23. Buckets will be delivered beginning in early November.
Auburn Public Works is Maine’s onlynationally-accredited public works agency.