Madison County Volunteers Demonstrate Incredible Generosity
For the past five years, Ability1st has enjoyed a very productive partnership with the Madison County Rotary Club to build wheelchair ramps and half-steps for their neighbors living with disabilities. The Rotarians have raised funds to defray the costs of the builds, as well as provided countless hours manual labor. When asked what he enjoys most about the partnership, Rotary Club President Paul Rudloff said, "I like the contribution to the community, I like building,and I like the teamwork." Throughout the 2018-2019, Ability1st and the group completed 24 builds together in Madison County - that's an average of two builds per month!
This past summer, Ability1st experienced a significant funding cut affecting our accessibility build schedule in Madison County. Along came an additional group of volunteers led by Sam Grubbs and Timmy Dyke. Together with friends, they hosted a BBQ on the Madison County Courthouse lawn.The group raised more than $2,000 to benefit Ability1st in one afternoon. A month later, they hosted a Fish Fry fundraiser in neighboring Taylor County, to help those residents in need.
"The cut in funding is tough, but it's something we have to manage in the non profit world. Our Madison County volunteers have done an amazing job helping us fill that void. I am inspired by their generosity," said Marquesas Blimes, Ability1st Nursing Home Diversion Coordinator.
Ability1st has a waiting list of people living with disabilities in need of a wheelchair ramp or set half-steps. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to invest in the Access to Independence program please see links below.
Option #1: Make a financial investment.
We are so grateful for your financial investment! A few examples of how it can be utilized include: the purchase of durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and shower benches; medical equipment repairs such as the purchase of a new battery for an electric wheelchair; and disposable incontinence supplies which are medically necessary yet expensive.
Your investment may also be used to help a Big Bend neighbor who has been chronically homeless and placed in housing purchase basic necessities such as toiletries, towels, sheets, pots, pans, and dishes.
Items such as tablets and computers are also prohibitively expensive for many of our Big Bend neighbors living with a disability, but necessary for those enrolled in educational classes or job training.
Online investments are processed through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to donate online! Clicking this button will take you to PayPal, where you can use any debit or credit card. You are also welcome to mail it to us at the Ability1st office: 1823 Buford Court, Tallahassee, Florida 32308.
Option #2: Donate Supplies
Last fiscal year Ability1st served nearly 600 people with medical equipment loans and disposable medical supplies. We appreciate gifts of medical equipment, medical supplies such as adult disposable undergarments, bed pads, wipes, and liquid food.Browse our Amazon wish list!
Option #3: Host a Fundraiser
Do you have a special occasion coming up and are looking for a fresh way to celebrate while making a difference in our community? Consider celebrating your birthday, retirement, promotion etc., with a Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram fundraiser for Ability1st.
Option #4: Volunteer
Last fiscal year, Ability1st utilized 10,000 volunteer hours, the equivalent of five full-time employees, to build ramps, install ramp modules, build half-steps and make repairs. If you and your group (church group, professional department, civic organization, sports team or just a gathering of friends) would like to participate in our mission, please complete and return our volunteer application form. No experience necessary!