Disability Network will be "Ramping It Up" on Thursday, September 12 from 10AM-3PM for United Way's Day of Caring. United Way created the Day of Caring to give community members the opportunity to support various local nonprofits through volunteerism. Disability Network hopes to build three full ramps at the Ramp-a-Thon that day. The ramps built will be donated to local individuals needing a ramp who lack the income to purchase one. Ramps typically cost about $2,000 total for materials and labor.
Lisa Woodcox, Volunteer Coordinator at Disability Network, stated, "We've raised $2,100 so far. Our goal is to raise $3,750 total to build three ramps for people in our community who can't afford to buy one. We still need to raise $1,650."
Local contractors, Tiffany & Bill Ford, have offered to build the ramps free of charge in honor of the Day of Caring. Woodcox has also recruited Wyant, the Traverse City Roller Derby, TBA Credit Union, and Disability Network's Advocacy Council (DNAC), as well as a few other local contractors and volunteers to raise funds and help with construction. "We are still seeking donations to purchase materials and volunteers to help at the Ramp-a-Thon," Woodcox expressed.
Renee Louvierre-Mitchell, Community Resource Specialist at Disability Network, reported, "On average, we receive five requests per month for ramps from individuals who have no ability to fund a ramp. There is a huge need out there."
Community members are invited to stop by Disability Network on September 12 from 10AM-3PM to volunteer or cheer on the builders at the Ramp-a-Thon in celebration the Day of Caring. For more information regarding how you can get involved in "Ramp-It-Up," contact Lisa Woodcox at 231.922.0903, ext. 14.
Click here to donate to the Ramp-a-Thon.
Click here to sign up as a volunteer at the Ramp-a-Thon.
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