Pathfinder Bank Donates Funds in Support of ARISE’s Oswego County Ramp Program

OSWEGO – Demonstrating a continued commitment to the community, Pathfinder Bank made a generous contribution to the ARISE Oswego County Ramp Program. This gift will support ARISE’s work to provide ramps and other minor home access modifications to families in need.

From left:  Jim Karasek, Sabine Ingerson, Ron Tascarella, Cassandra Lembo, Tom McKeown.
From left: Jim Karasek, Sabine Ingerson, Ron Tascarella, Cassandra Lembo, Tom McKeown.

“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 confined in their homes, unable to go out, or even to the store to get groceries. Thanks to great partners like Pathfinder Bank, we are able to do something about that,” said Jim Karasek, ARISE Manager of Independent Living Services in Oswego.

He added, “The ramps we provide keep families together or allow a loved one to return home, maintaining their freedom, their independence, and their connection to their community.”

“We are so grateful for the generosity of the great folks at Pathfinder Bank,” said Tom McKeown, executive director. “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 Pathfinder Bank 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.


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 offers services in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, and Seneca counties and also operates ARISE at the Farm, a 77-acre recreational facility in Chittenango, NY, and ARISE & Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius, NY.