Council On Aging Seeks Support For Ramp Building Program

November 29, 2019

Wheelchair-bound, dependent on a cane or walker, and literally unable to leave their front steps because of disability, clients of Council on Aging of West Florida’s ramp-building program receive hope and independence, as well as a safe, functional way to leave their home. The program functions entirely on the backs of our volunteer team and supplies are purchased solely from community donations. As part of Giving Tuesday 2019 on December 3, the Council on Aging seeks to grow our wheelchair ramp fund in order to serve those who need this program. Currently, individuals are placed on a waitlist until funds are available.

The ramp program not only creates a way for wheelchair-bound clients to leave their home; it also serves as a bridge from homebound boredom and fragility to opportunities and experiences in the outside world. This program has served dozens of senior adults in the two-county area and demand continues to grow. Currently, more than five disabled elder adults are eagerly awaiting their day of freedom.

“I used to have to be home all day,” said Roger Hurlbutt, a veteran for whom the Council on Aging recently installed a wheelchair ramp leading out of his rural home. “It’s great being able to go out now. It’s been a big help. Council on Aging has helped me so much.”

All donations given toward this goal on Giving Tuesday will be matched by the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, but individuals must give via This year marks the third year in a row Council on Aging has partnered with both the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation and the local Home Instead Senior Care office to raise money for areas of acute need in our elderly community. In 2018, Council on Aging raised over $8,000 for Meals on Wheels, and in 2017 the agency raised $3,800 for our general fund. This year, the goal is $5,000, but thanks to matching dollars, the local community needs to only contribute $2,500 of that.

“According to Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, ‘less than 2 percent of our nation’s largest grant-makers are specifically focused on seniors,’” said Stacy Robello, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office. “Giving to the Council on Aging of West Florida with our foundation’s matching funds will help seniors age with dignity and independence. Something as simple as having a ramp will allow seniors to successfully age in place as long as possible in their own home.”

Giving Tuesday is December 3 and the fundraising initiative continues for 24 hours. All donations will be matched.

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One Response to “Council On Aging Seeks Support For Ramp Building Program”

  1. Jessica Marolf on November 29th, 2019 12:34 pm

    Do you need volunteers for building as well? Money is t right until I go beach to work after baby but, I have a husband with time and talent to spare.