Project Independence

Project Independence is a volunteer effort coordinated through United Way's Labor Liaison. This program donates free of charge mobility ramps for those in need. All materials, supplies and tools are furnished through grants applied for and received by United Way. Financial management is handled through SVRC Industries, Inc. All labor to build and install the ramps is provided by the following:
  • Carpenters Local 706 Apprenticeship Program
  • Nexteer Automotive Engineer Department
  • IBEW Local 557
  • Ironworkers Local Union 25
  • United Auto Workers Locals 699, 668,467, and 455
  • U.A. Local 85

United Way hosts a blitz build every September in which mobility ramps are assembled throughout the community. This program would not be possible without the support from union volunteers and Nexteer engineers who provide free labor and graciously help to construct and install the mobility ramps. Recipients are literally freed from their houses and individuals are able to return home from the hospital because of the service that this program provides.

The ramps are built as modules and, once no longer needed by the current recipient, will be transferred to someone on the waiting list. 

Not only does this program provide a service to house seeking mobility assistance, it gives the families a part of their independence back. "We continue to do this program each year because of families like the Yax family. Having a mobility ramp installed on his home meant that Tim Yax could bring his wife home for the holidays and for family visits instead of always having to bring everyone to see her in the nursing home. Tim's wife is now able to spend time in her own home with her family." ~ Steven Lamb, Project Independence Coordinator

"What I liked best was working with people that I haven't worked with before, as a team, to accomplish something for a family in need." ~ Project Independence Volunteer

 

For additional information or to get involved, please contact Steve Lamb at (989) 755-0505, ext 204.