Disability Network is hosting their 3rd Annual Ramp-a-Thon on Thursday, September 11 from 10AM-3PM in honor of United Way’s Day of Caring. The Day of Caring was created to provide the opportunity for community members to support various local nonprofits through volunteerism. Disability Network hopes to raise $21,000 to build ten full ramps with the help of donors and volunteers at the Ramp-a-Thon. The ramps built will be donated to individuals with mobility barriers who lack the income to purchase a ramp for their home. Ramps typically cost around $2,100 total for materials and labor.
Lisa Woodcox, Volunteer Coordinator at Disability Network, hopes to recruit community members to help assemble 10 full ramps. “We are in need of donors, contractors, and people willing to give their time to build the ramps. Each one built will be given to individuals with disabilities who need our help. So often, people with disabilities are isolated--especially when they aren't able to leave their home," she stated.
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 volunteers from Britten, Traverse Bay Intermediate School District, the Regional Interagency Consumer Committee, and Disability Network’s Advocacy Council (DNAC). She hopes to recruit more local contractors and volunteers to raise funds and help with construction.
Renee Louvierre-Mitchell, Independent Living Manager at Disability Network, reported, “On average, we receive five requests per month for ramps from individuals who have no ability to fund a ramp. We get calls from seniors who are low-income, people with newly acquired disabilities, and veterans with disabilities who have fallen through the cracks. There is a huge need out there.”
Disability Network hopes to raise $21,000 to build ten full ramps to be given to those in need. Donations may be given online or sent to: Disability Network, Ramp-A-Thon, 415 East Eighth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
For more information regarding how you can get involved in the Ramp-a-Thon, 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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