We received a gem of a tweet today informing us about the launch of a Community Ramp Project in the small fishing port just outside of Vancouver! Check out this article that appeared in the local community paper today!
Update April 19, 2016: It looks like this page has up and vanished since we originally linked to it – sorry about that!
Last weekend we hit another community ramp project home run, an out of the park grand slam in fact. In three days we built, painted, and delivered a record-breaking 48 ramps for businesses in Toronto’s Annex and College Street neighbourhoods between Bathurst and Spadina. There are so many amazing people and organizations to thank and we confirmed that old saying ‘many hands make light work’ – in just over five hours we had built and primed 48 ramps! Craziness!
Huge thanks and appreciation goes out to the following people for their hard work and dedication to pushing our awareness raising efforts to an entirely new level:
Shera and Tommy Weiler
Martha Malloy – and friend Jessica
Nestor and the Rona volunteer crew
The following organizations were instrumental in making this community ramp project the huge success that it was:
Angela Andrews, a health promoter in Haliburton County, has started a community ramp project in Haliburton County! Last week Angela and her team of volunteers delivered their first two ramps to local businesses with a single stepped entry. Congratulations to you and your team Angela, we are so incredibly proud to learn about the successful launch of your project in Haliburton County! Enjoy the pictures below as well as this great article that appeared in the local Haliburton paper – check it out on page 7!
July was a big month! It was a long time coming but we are proud to announce the successful delivery of 41 ramps that were a part of our Danforth Community Ramp Project. It was an incredible undertaking involving more than 30 volunteers and support from various organizations – but we did it! There are now 30 businesses along the Danforth between Broadview and Donlands, and 11 businesses along Queen Street between Broadview and Carlaw that have been made much easier to access regardless of ability. Volunteers helped canvas the neighbourhood in search of interested businesses, measured steps, rounded up food donations, constructed and painted ramps, and helped with ramp deliveries. All of these participating businesses received their ramp at no cost thanks to the volunteer efforts from the following people:
Martha and Sarah Miller – dynamic mother daughter duo and captains of green ramp painting division Veronica Lukacs – inappropriate jokes dropper and master painter Henna Tuohimaa – zen surveyor, ramp painter, ramp deliverer and rocket fuel provider Tim and Rush the dog – head of advertising, cheerleading, and surveying Natalie Rose – lead motivator, ramp painter, ramp deliverer Jennifer Hiseler – rope handle sculptor and head food coordinator Bill and Chris Anderson – veterans of 6 community ramp projects, lead support crew Diane Aubie Sanborn – captain of blue ramp painting division Kate Peters – captain of red ramp painting division Melissa Fortune – ramp painting queen Russell Winkelaar – stencil ninja Bill Kealey and Max the dog – overseers of chaos Zoey Onn – anti-slip treatment master Feliz Tupe – cinematographer and video editor extraordinaire
A special thanks to the following local businesses for their participation in what is one of our most successful community ramp projects yet:
The whole crew, partners, and friends from Greening Homes – returning to help us out on a second community ramp project these guys took on the construction of the ramps with a vengeance, 41 ramps in two days could never have been accomplished without the Greening Homes crew.
Dixon Hall and The Mill Centre – we are forever grateful for our partnership with Dixon Hall and their woodworking skills program that is run out of The Mill Centre, a fully outfitted woodworking shop on Carlaw just north of Queen. We look forward to the creation of many more ramps through both these skills program as well as projects like the recently completed Danforth project.
Canadian Tire Express on the Danforth – donation of rocker guard (protective paint applied to the ramp prior to finish painting).
Danforth Lumber – partial donation of all building materials.
Steam Whistle Brewery – donation of two cases of beer that were thoroughly enjoyed after each of the two big huge days of ramp building.
Lerners LLP – $5000 donation used partially to cover the cost of building materials and food.
Von Doughnuts – donation of delicious gourmet doughnuts to get the volunteers engines revving at the beginning of big build day number two.
The Meat Department – donation of award-winning ribs.
Si Espresso Bar – donation of tasty treats and coffee.
The Court Jester – donation of delicious chicken wings.
Henry’s – donation of rental costs for the GoPro camera used to take time lapse footage of the entire two days of ramp building.
And here it is! This time lapse video is a compilation of photos taken over the course of the two-day ramp building extravaganza. Enjoy!
This picture sums up the efforts of Roger Koert and his committed group of volunteers from Stratford Ontario. Together they will deliver 24 ramps at no cost to local businesses. This is absolutely incredible and will certainly change the streetscape in Stafford! Huge congratulations to you Roger and all of your volunteers – all of the supporters of the initiative are super proud of you man.
It has been a busy spring time coordinating community ramp projects in Toronto, across the province and beyond. We’ve had so much fun working with some amazing people and helping them take on their own ramp projects in Stratford, Guelph, Port Hope, Mimico, Seaforth, Markham and Aurora here in Ontario as well as Halifax out on the East Coast! Here in Toronto we are preparing for two massive ramp projects along the Danforth and in the Annex. Our fantastic group of volunteers have been approaching businesses along the Danforth over the past couple of months and so far we have over 20 businesses interested in participating. Greening Homes helped us with ramp construction for our incredibly successful Roncesvalles ramp project and they have graciously offered to help us out again for the Danforth project which is slated to happen July 19th and 20th. The Toronto Tool Library has offered up the use of some of their space in order to have a comfortable spot to build the ramps, Learners LLP has helped us out with a donation to offset material costs and Danforth Lumber is going to cut us a sweet sweet deal on building materials! It’s all coming together!
Over the winter we had the pleasure of working with an incredible group of Inclusive Design students from OCAD University. With ramp construction help and material donations from Dixon Hall’s Mill Centre they took on a ramp project along College Street here in Toronto! Word has it that the ramps are nearing completion and will soon be delivered towards the end of the month! Stay tuned for updates!
About a year ago we were approached by owner Julian Katz of Stasis Preserves (www.stasispreserves.com) on Roncesvalles to see if there would be a way of making a ramp for their three-step storefront. We took some measurements, spent some time at the drawing board and Matthew Saunders from Cocobolo Carpentry did a beautiful job putting together our very first modular ramp designed to accommodate three steps! Thank you Julian for the opportunity to work with you on this exciting project and welcome to our ever-growing list of supporters!
Roger Koert from Stratford Ontario has launched a Community Ramp Project of his own in Stratford! Check out this fantastic article that appeared in the local paper helping spread awareness about the ramps and his efforts to help remove barriers in his neighbourhood. Click here to read!
We recently met with architect Chloe Doesburg who is a volunteer with The Toronto Public Space Initiative, she wrote a fantastic blog post about StopGap and our pursuit for an inclusive society free of physical barriers. This nonprofit organization is all about enhancing public space here in Toronto – click here for the link to the article!