ARISE and YMCA partner for 5K run at June 8 Ride for Ramps event

OSWEGO, NY – ARISE and the YMCA are partnering to offer runners the opportunity to support ramps for neighbors in need across Oswego County. The brand new 5K charity run is a new feature of the annual ARISE & Ride for Ramps event at Fort Ontario.

“We are delighted to welcome the YMCA as a partner in our event,” said Jim Karasek, director of advocacy services at ARISE in Oswego County. “People told us that they wanted to take part in our event by running, and the Y’s willingness to step forward is fantastic. They are a vital part of this community and we are grateful for their desire to support the ramp program.”

Pictured (from left to right): Kristin Rabideau (ARISE Housing Advocate/Ramp Coordinator), Jackie Sheffield (Associate Director of the Oswego YMCA), and Jim Karasek (ARISE Independent Living Manager).
Pictured (from left to right): Kristin Rabideau (ARISE Housing Advocate/Ramp Coordinator), Jackie Sheffield (Associate Director of the Oswego YMCA), and Jim Karasek (ARISE Independent Living Manager).

Jackie Sheffield, associate director of the Oswego YMCA added, “The Oswego Y is happy to help ARISE with the 5K fun run for their charity event. Our synergistic missions make us natural partners in our community.”

The fifth annual ARISE & Ride for Ramps will take place on June 8 at Fort Ontario. In addition to the run, there will also be a four-hour motorcycle ride through the North Country, a kids’ bike ride, chicken BBQ, Rudy’s Lakeside, and lots of fun for the entire family.

All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase construction materials for the ARISE Oswego County Ramp Program.

The ARISE Ramp Program is a local effort that gives people with physical disabilities access to their home.

Through the support of volunteers who build the ramps and donations from local families and businesses, the program has helped more than 140 families in Oswego County. For someone who uses a wheelchair or has mobility impairments, a single step can make home feel like a prison.

The ramp serves as a gateway to independence.

ARISE & Ride for Ramps is supported by EMPOWER Federal Credit Union, Relph Benefit Advisors, Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Fulton Savings Bank, Friends of Fort Ontario, Murdock’s Bicycles & Sports, NewsChannel 9, Precision Sign and Graphics, Rudy’s Lakeside, Woodchuck Saloon, and Zink Shirts.

About ARISE
ARISE is a non-profit Independent Living Center run by and for people with disabilities. The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with approximately 4,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities. ARISE has offices in Onondaga, Oswego, and Madison Counties and operates ARISE at the Farm, a 77-acre recreational facility in Chittenango and ARISE & Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius.

About YMCA – Oswego
Our Strength is in Community. The Y is a nonprofit like no other. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver, positive change. With a mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all, our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good. For more information of how you can be a part of the Y, please call 315.343.1981 or visit www.oswegoymca.org. Join. Give. Volunteer. Advocate.