News from DAC NW

#GivingTuesday

   Disability Action Center NW is taking part in the 2019 #GivingTuesday fundraising campaign to raise money for portable ramp parts.
    DAC NW knows the importance of independence and being able to stay in your own home. Since 2016 they have installed a variety of access ramps throughout northern Idaho and eastern Washington at no cost to the recipients. For some of these recipients, it is the only means they have to stay out of an institution.
    The Ramp it Up Project was originally funded with a $17,500.00 grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. It provided money to purchase a variety of modular aluminum ramp systems that are designed to address different needs. These have been deployed to community members on a short or long term loan basis, with volunteer labor from community partners like Palouse Habitat for Humanity, Interlink, Rotary Club of Orofino, Life Center in Kamiah, Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho and Moscow Central Lions Club. It also paid for transportation costs and a new trailer to move the ramps to different locations. “We ran into road blocks with our volunteers finding the use of a large enough pick-up to move the ramps when needed,” said program manager Mellowdee Brooks. “Now it’s as easy as loading the sections on the low deck of the trailer, hooking up and off they go.”
   After their latest installation, there are very few components left. Through #GivingTuesday, they hope to raise $5000 to purchase more parts. “There’s a waiting list for people to get a ramp. And this could mean the difference to getting out of a nursing home and coming back to their home,” said Ms. Brooks. Donations can be made directly through their website: http://dacnw.org/product/durable-medical-goods-exchange/) 

 

 


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