For the 22nd year, volunteers from the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids (HBA) and Home Repair Services are joining forces to build wheelchair ramps for lower-income families throughout Kent County. This annual effort encompasses projects that began in June and will continue until early October, notes Dave Jacobs, Home Repair Services Executive Director.
“We always mark the Saturday after Labor Day on our calendar as Community Repair Day,” says Jacobs. “For the past few years, though, HBA members have been willing to schedule volunteer teams throughout the summer, and that’s a win-win. The builders have more flexibility to find times that work for their volunteers and families in need of ramps don’t have to wait as long for us to complete the work.”
By the time the last hammer is swung, the 2013 effort will result in 13 wheelchair ramps in neighborhoods throughout Kent County. Five of those ramps will be built on Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7. Additionally, a crew of volunteers from Steelcase will deliver lumber to several project sites on Friday, September 6. Their involvement is coordinated by the Volunteer Center at the Heart of West Michigan United Way as a “pacesetter” project for the United Way’s annual Day of Caring.
“Once again, the HBA is pleased to have our members be part of this tremendous partnership,” remarks HBA Executive Officer Emily Siebert. “Their generous donations of building materials and volunteer time make Community Repair Day possible and underscore the Association’s commitment to community involvement.”
The mission of Home Repair Services (www.homerepairservices.org) is to build successful, sustained homeownership for lower-income families, thereby strengthening neighborhoods and the community.