Milan opens register for snow volunteers

AMSA has reopened the lists for volunteers to help shovel snow from Milan’s streets and pavements this winter.
 
Given the rush to sign up last year as the economic crisis started to bite, it’s worth while trying to be at the front of the queue. As Wanted in Milan reported a year ago, although in previous years immigrants and students had formed the backbone of the volunteer squads, in 2011 those signing up were for the most part Italians, and aged over 30. By 15 November, over 1,600 volunteers had put their names down; as the season progressed, the number rose to around 5,000.
 
The pay for volunteer work is not to be sneezed at: an 8-hour shift in daytime earns €75 net after tax, while the same shift during the night hours earns €90 net.  Volunteers sign up on the AMSA register, and when their help is needed they will be alerted by phone with a recorded voice message, and should reply with a 1 to confirm they will join the squad, or a 2 to decline.
 
During the registration process they will be required to confirm a declaration of physical suitability, which is available in English on the site.