Local organization builds wheelchair ramp for disabled family

20th Century Krewe
Posted at 5:21 PM, Jan 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-14 14:04:20-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- It's all about giving the disabled an opportunity to be independent.

The local organization Ability First connects with families in need. Then, The 20th Century Krewe of Springtime Tallahassee helps builds the ramp.

Volunteers tell us the people who live here, Annie and James Williams, had trouble getting up their front steps. That's why they applied. The project focuses on people with physical disabilities and low income.

In just 8 hours, volunteers improved the Williams' accessibility to their own home. The crew chief of Springtime Tallahassee says he's been partnering with Ability First on build sites for 4 years. says, "We also donate enough money to sponsor another ramp, but we usually only build one. So, we're just trying to help out our community."

A group of 30 volunteers has been working since first thing this morning, building this ramp and they are finally almost done with the project. It's all about teamwork and giving back to the community. Organizers of the project say there are roughly 60 people waiting for a ramp in the six county area they serve.

One volunteer, Marquesas Blimes, says she was drawn to the organization because she enjoys giving back to the community. Blimes says, "The people that we serve are alwasy very grateful and very willing to help. They will often times have their family out here, serving and building alongside us. And the volunteer group are always just so filled with joy, especially at the end of a build when they see what they've accomplished together."

At Saturday's site, The 20th Century Krewe donated one thousand dollars toward future Ability First projects, continuing the cycle of helping those in need.