Ramp It Up

NeighborLink DeKalb and United Way of DeKalb County are ready to “Ramp It Up” in DeKalb County.


Article from: Butler Bulletin Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 11:00 pm | Updated: 7:34 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

AUBURN - NeighborLink DeKalb and United Way of DeKalb County are ready to “Ramp It Up” in DeKalb County.

The organizations have formed a partnership to address the ongoing need for handicap accessible ramps in DeKalb County. Both groups receive numerous requests for assistance in building ramps year around.

“Each year, United Way Day of Caring volunteers build a large number of ramps, but the need isn’t just there one time a year,” according to United Way resource coordinator Sonja Situm. “By pooling our resources, we feel confident we can address the need for a ramp as it arises.”

NeighborLink DeKalb will process all ramp applications through its website and conduct a needs assessment. Each ramp recipient will be asked to contribute to the cost of the ramp, if possible. All volunteers will also register through the website. Once the need is confirmed, the United Way Day of Caring Committee will be responsible for coordinating the ramp design and build processes.

“We have both been working separately on this issue,” said Jean Ferrell of NeighborLink DeKalb. “By collaborating and combining our resources, we can more effectively address this need. Our volunteer ramp designers and build teams can also share the responsibility. We won’t be going to the same people, time-after-time to help with the ramp projects.”

Those interested in designing or building ramps, being a part of a build team, or having a permanent need for a ramp should contact Ferrell at neighborlindekalbcounty.org or by phone at 572-1472.

This project is funded by a grant from the Indiana Association of United Ways. The two groups will work together to raise additional dollars to sustain the work.

The United Way Day of Caring has been scheduled for Aug. 8, 2014 to coincide with the annual campaign kick-off.