Aging Services enlisted Rockwell Collins Retiree Volunteers (RCRV) to design and construct wheelchair ramps for their elderly clients. That’s when we learned there is a tremendous and immediate need for wheelchair ramps in our area, and not just for the elderly.
In 2005, a community of agencies and individuals came together to explore how to deliver cost-effective and timely wheelchair ramps to persons with disabilities. Design work began, and the Wheelchair Ramp Accessibility Program (WRAP) was officially named.
The coalition continued to grow for the next four years, and in 2009, we hired our first staff member, an intake coordinator, to manage our client requests. And one year later, in 2010, we became a registered non-profit organization.
Since 2005, we have grown to include 18 coalition partners. We work with more than 25 regular volunteers and numerous volunteer groups and organizations. And we’ve designed and built more than 100 ramps for persons in need in Linn, Johnson, Benton, and Jones Counties.