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The need for ramps 'ramps up...'

82 year old Wardell Cummings 82 year old Wardell Cummings
Ramp Coordinator Jim Hill Ramp Coordinator Jim Hill
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A group of ramp building volunteers have seen a large increase in demand for their services. They're now looking for a second team of builders.

The SOWEGA Council on Aging has a waiting list of 100 people who need ramps at their homes, and they get two or three new critical need calls a week.

The RSVP ramp builders work on a new ramp for 82 year old Wardell Cummings. Cummings' daughter Phyllis Holsey said "Momma has had a really difficult time getting in and out of the house."

Cummings has lived in the home for 56 years, and this ramp will enable her to stay there comfortably.

Because of the demand the Ramp Builders are doing double duty today, building two ramps this morning. Ramp Coordinator Jim Hill said "Anything less than 30 feet we call a small one. So we are doing two today. One was 26 and one was 24."

Most of these ramp builders are 70 or 80 years of age. They are all volunteers who love helping others. Their usual goal is 65 ramps a year, but this year they have pushed it to 72. Their budget for building materials is strained.

Hill said "I've been doing it now 15 years and we've been averaging $22,000 a year for materials. This year we'll probably hit our $25,000."

Wardell Cummings came out to see her new ramp for the first time. "I think it's beautiful. I love it. I certainly appreciate it."

The Ramp team builds every Tuesday and Thursday, but will take June and July off for vacations. They worry that the waiting list for ramps will grow even longer, more people in need of their help.

The SOWEGA Council on Aging is seeking a second team of volunteer builders to help fill their growing need. If you are interested, call 432-1131.

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