Ramp and Module Builds
Over the past 25 years the Kiwanis Club of McKinney has constructed wheelchair ramps for residents of Collin County. The majority of the ramps are constructed in the communities of McKinney, Princeton, Farmersville, Melissa, Anna and Prosper. The residents that are normally in need of a ramp are older and have become dependant on a walker or a wheelchair. At times, the club constructs a ramp for younger residents that have special needs.
Heading up the ramp projects for the club is Kirk Saxon of Melissa. Kirk is a Nationwide Insurance Agent with his wife Shelia in west McKinney and they both volunteer on the ramp projects. The members of the club call him “Captain Kirk” out of respect for the amount of time that this project requires. In addition to measuring, planning and installing over 15 ramps this year, every month the club provides volunteers to assemble the modules that are used to build a ramp. The materials and modules that are used to construct a ramp are provided through Texas Ramps
. Texas Ramps warehouse is located in North Dallas and is a division of the Kiwanis Club of Richardson.
The McKinney Kiwanis Club provides these ramps at no cost to residents that qualify. The club uses funds from their three major fund-raisers a year to finance this project. The average cost of a ramp in materials is over $750 with all of the labor coming from club volunteers.
The Kiwanis Club of McKinney would like to invite anyone interested in the ramp project to contact any club member or join us at the clubs weekly meetings
. The club meets every Thursday from 12 pm to 1 pm at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 400 N. College St., McKinney, TX 75069. This is a rewarding opportunity for younger members of your family to learn to work and give back to the community.
This article is from Dub Norrid's blog at The Dallas Morning News.
How Ramp Sites are Chosen
Our ramp and module builds are coordinated through the Texas Ramp Project. Any of our referrals have to go through their website at www.texasramps.org.
. The Texas Ramp Project does not accept direct referrals from our clients. All referrals must be made by third party health care agencies. Most referrals come from home health org or other senior service groups. Care givers can also request a ramp. The information will be sent to the region coordinator of the Texas Ramp Project or designee and will be treated as confidential.
Our ramps are constructed using 4'x4' and 4'x8' modules built from pressure treated 2x6 lumber and plywood. The modules are assembled ahead of time by members of our club and other clubs in the area in a small warehouse in north Dallas.
Recent Ramp Builds
We had another ramp build on 4/16, in McKinney. We had a good turnout for this ramp!