OSWEGO, NY – With the help of volunteers, the ARISE Oswego County Ramp Program reached a new milestone this summer. Over one weekend, volunteers built three ramps for three different families living in three different parts of the county – and they were able to do it twice!
If additional volunteers lend a hand, there’s still time left to help more families before winter hits.
So far this year, the Oswego County Ramp Program has helped many local Oswego County families reclaim access to their homes. Earlier this month, ARISE built a ramp for a couple who has not been able to leave their home for over two years. With the ramp in place, they’ll be able to resume everyday activities like going to the grocery store or just enjoying the crisp fall air from their front yard.
With more than 60 families on the waiting list, ARISE will continue to build ramps for as long as the weather permits. However, in order to help as many families as possible before the end of the year, more volunteers are needed.
Construction experience is a plus but not necessary. If you’d like to volunteer or make a donation to help ARISE purchase more construction materials, please contact Kris Rabideau, ARISE Housing Advocate/Ramp Coordinator, at [email protected] or 342-4088 x207.
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 and Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius.