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Volunteer Opportunities

Join a group of enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers who run the Wheelchair Ramp Accessibility Program (WRAP). Whether you’re an individual or a team, you’ll find an opportunity that fits your interests and lets you make a difference in your community!

Qualifications

We welcome volunteers from all walks of life, from teens 16 or older to senior citizens, both men and women—no construction expertise needed!

As long as you’re willing to learn and work with others, we’ll train and mentor you for your desired role. We make every effort to incorporate all willing volunteers regardless of skill level.

Volunteer Roles

Choose from a variety of positions, from manual labor to administrative support.

Designers

THIS IS A HUGE NEED!

Designers lead the construction of the project. As a designer, you‘ll meet with the client via phone or at their home (masked and socially distant), evaluate the location, and design the wheelchair ramp or extra-wide steps. You will develop the list of building materials, obtain building permits, manage the construction project, and oversee the cleanup after the build.

Prior experience is not needed. You will follow a current designer to several builds to learn the process and follow our design guidelines. You will also participate in training classes, including Design 101, Design 201, Wide Steps, and Aluminum.

You should enjoy working with your hands, be detail-oriented, and tolerate outdoor work.

Build Lead

As a build lead for WRAP, you will be responsible for overseeing, planning, managing and tracking the progress of a one-day ramp build. You will collaborate with the designer who has worked with the client to finalize the ramp blueprint and ordered the materials, but is unable to lead the ramp build. At the end of the day, you will know that you have changed someone’s life through improved home access.

Requirements include:
• Ability to plan and see the “big picture”
• Read and interpret plans, instructions, and specifications to determine work activities
• Ensure availability of tools, materials, and equipment
• Oversee volunteers and their respective duties
• Solve problems
• Follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean environment

Carpenters

As a carpenter, you’ll:
• Study specifications in building plans to prepare project layout
• Shape or cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or a power saw
• Measure and mark cutting lines on materials, using ruler, pencil, chalk, and marking gauge
• Install structures and fixtures using hand and power tools

General Laborer

The job duties of a general laborer on a WRAP build vary. They may include cleaning and preparing a job site, being a runner, digging, sweeping, loading and delivering materials, and using a variety of tools and machines such as levels, power drills, grinders, and saws. Materials include wood and aluminum. Bring any tools you have to the site. You will be trained on any duties you don’t know.

Business Support

Volunteer your time to help with webmaster support, marketing, public speaking engagements, promotional material development and distribution, fundraising, and social media support.

Board Member at Large

Help determine organizational policies regarding issues such as participant eligibility, program requirements, and program benefits.

Groups/Teams

Join WRAP on a one-day build that changes someone’s life! Whether you are an organization, school group, religious group, friends, or any other group, you can support WRAP with your time and talents serving as ramp volunteer laborers.

Teams of eight to 10 volunteers are usually ideal. The WRAP coordinator matches the team size and self-reported skill level with the size and complexity of the project, then coordinates the appropriate WRAP mentors. If a group has only five to six volunteers, we’ll add more volunteers to round out the group and skill level.

If you’d like to know more about serving your community as a group, contact us.

United Way Day of Caring

WRAP builds three to six ramps on this day each year with teams from the community.

Social Work Intern from Mount Mercy University

The intern is enrolled in a college program, such as Social Services, and will be completing a hands-on, semester-long field experience for school credit. The course of study will have a strong focus on exploring and understanding human behaviors, social policy, social programs, communication, record keeping, interviewing, observing, group resources, and problem solving.

This position works closely with the WRAP intake coordinator.

Client Intake Intern

The client intake intern is enrolled in a college program, such as Social Services, and will be completing a hands-on, semester-long field experience for school credit. The course of study will have a strong focus on exploring and understanding human behaviors, social policy, social programs, communication, record keeping, interviewing, observing, group resources, and problem solving.

Design Intern

The design intern is an advanced student in a college program such as engineering, physics, or architecture who wants to gain hands-on experience of working with the public and problem-solving home access issues. This individual will create, fashion, execute, and/or construct according to plan the design of a residential wooden wheelchair ramp or extra-wide steps for home access. The internet will be following the guidelines set by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) for slope and length under the supervision of a WRAP designer. This will enable WRAP to reduce client wait times. At any one time, over 20 projects need to be designed.

Volunteer Rules

Plan on staying until the ramp is finished. Some ramps take longer than others due to size, complexity, and amount of onsite customization. If you must leave at a certain time, please make this known to the WRAP coordinator in advance.

Be prepared for safe construction work–flip flops or similar shoes are unsafe and should not be worn. No loose clothing should be worn. Bring snacks, work gloves, eye protection, and plenty of water.

See a Build

Wonder what a build is like? Want to see one before you jump in and take part? Our time-lapse video of a wheelchair ramp build will give you an idea of what we do and what to expect.

Contact Us

If you have questions or would like to learn more about WRAP
Ramp referrals are being accepted, but there is likely to be a serious slowdown in the building schedule due to the coronavirus.
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