Volunteers to Build Free Wheelchair Ramps for 17th Annual ‘Rampathon’ on May 15

Rampathon, a program of the Master Builders Care Foundation and the Remodelors Council, will organize volunteers into teams of 10-30 to build free wheelchair ramps for disabled low-income homeowners on May 15.  Since 1993, Master Builders Association members have built more than 200 free wheelchair ramps in King and Snohomish Counties.

On Saturday, May 15, an estimated 300 volunteers will be organized in teams of 10-30 builder-remodelers, under the direction of a volunteer ramp captain. Each captain is assigned to plan, solicit donations, and organize his/her team to build one of the free ramps slated for construction all in one day long-experience.

The Master Builders Care Foundation is a philanthropic arm of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, the largest home building association in the country.  2010 Rampathon co-sponsors are Northwest Siding, Advantech Windows, and Doors and more.

Two Kirkland residents were selected for a free ramp based on need and design viability.

  1. Anthony Lewendon (14104 107th Ave. NE) has Spinocerebellar Ataxia and has been in a wheelchair for ten years.  He has been unable to find someone to build an affordable ramp. Volunteer construction lead is Bear Creek Residential and the ramp captain is Jim Kirschner.
  2. Muche Whidby (12635 NE 130th Way Unit A101) served two tours during the Vietnam War and was paralyzed during active duty in the United States Marine Corps.  Volunteer construction lead is Tenhulzen Remodeling, Inc. and the ramp captain is Mike Tenhulzen.

Free access ramps will be designed and constructed on a single day for disabled persons throughout King and Snohomish Counties:  West Seattle (1), Everett (1), Auburn (3), Kent (2), Kirkland (2), Seattle (1), Shoreline/Northgate (2), Snohomish (1), Renton (3), Bellevue (1) and Woodinville (2) – with additional ramp recipients to be announced.