Not Slowing Down: Wheelchair Ramp Demand Continues
This has been an unusual year, to say the least. Due to COVID-19 our ramp building had to be halted for a brief time, and yet we were still taking requests. The timing was concerning, with April typically being a big month for builds. Turns out, we had nothing to worry about because our volunteers stepped up and made it happen!
Safety procedures were put into place making sure our teams could socially distance and reduce the client’s contact with volunteers. Volunteers made every effort to keep up with the build list, helping us finish our fiscal year with an impressive number of wheelchair ramp builds. We are still seeing the effects of the virus in many areas of our organization; however, we have also seen the commitment and loyalty of our volunteers shine through like never before.
We still have a ways to go before we can get back to business as usual. We continue to ask that our volunteer teams social distance, mask when socially distancing is not possible, and no contact with our clients. Safety has always been important to CASA of Madison County, for our clients as well as our volunteers. During this time, it has become even more important to keep our most vulnerable population safer at home.
Thank you to our ramp teams for keeping us up and running while helping us provide our aging and homebound neighbors with safety, independence, and dignity as they age in place. As we move forward, we will likely be facing more challenges including lack of material availability and the rising prices for materials. We are looking towards our annual Wheelchair Ramp Blitz and we know that we will need as much support as we can get to meet the needs.
If you would be interested in supporting our ramp building program with a gift, please feel free to send a check to CASA of Madison County, 701 Andrew Jackson Way, Huntsville, AL 35801 or give online at casamadisoncty.org/donate.
Annual Wheelchair Ramp Blitz Coming in December
The goal for our annual ramp blitz 2020 is to build as many wheelchair ramps as possible that are on our wait list. This time of year is always very special for so many of our clients as they are able to claim their freedom and independence for the holiday. This is also a great time for our volunteers to end the year with a clean slate and start the new year off right. We will need your help to make that happen! If you are not able to physically help with the builds, donations will be needed to help purchase the materials.
(Saturdays in December)
December 6th, December 13th, and December 20th
Typical teams for a rebuild or repair would require three to four volunteers. A wheelchair ramp building team needs at least seven and no more than ten volunteers. Multiple teams are required each build day to achieve our goal.
Contact CJ at 256-533-7775 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get your team READY.