Fastenal Supports ARISE’s Oswego County Ramp Program

OSWEGO – Fastenal continues to show its generosity and commitment to ARISE and our mission of helping the members of our community live independently.

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From left: Josh Solazzo, Jordan Jewell, Sabine Ingerson, Alexa Compson, Jim Cronk, Jim Karasek and Brian Gould.

We were thrilled to accept a donation of hardware to be used in building wooden ramp sections for our Oswego Ramp Program.

“People can feel lost when they are forced to remain in a rehab center, unable to return home because there are steps leading to your front door. Some neighbors in Oswego County are unable to get out and participate in and with their community. Thanks to great partners like Fastenal, we are able to do something about that,” said Jim Karasek, ARISE manager of independent living services in Oswego. “The ramps we provide keep families together or allow a loved one to return home, maintaining their freedom, their independence, and allow them the freedom of choices in where to shop, worship and play.”

“We are so grateful for the generosity of the great folks at Fastenal,” said Tania S. Anderson, chief executive officer. “They care about their neighbors and they show it in ways that make a tremendous difference.”

The Oswego County Ramp Program receives no government funding and relies solely on support from individual and corporate donations, with help from community partners.

This gift from Fastenal will have a huge impact on ARISE’s ability to address the list of people waiting for ramps.

ARISE’s annual ARISE & Ride for Ramps Motorcycle Ride and 5K Run is the largest single fundraiser to support the Ramp Program.

Proceeds from event are used to purchase the materials for the ramps and volunteers build, assemble, and install them.

Next year, the ARISE & Ride for Ramps event will take place on June 3.

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ARISE is a non-profit Independent Living Center organized and directed by people with disabilities. The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with approximately 7,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities. ARISE offers services in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, and Seneca counties and also operates ARISE at the Farm, a 77-acre recreational facility in Chittenango and ARISE & Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius.