Help Support the Oswego County Ramp Program

Ride for Ramps

ARISE & Ride for Ramps

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Lighthouse Lanes – Oswego

5k Run: 10:00 AM (Check in at 9:30)
Motorcycle Ride: 10:30 AM (Check in at 10:00)

Ride for Ramps is an annual community event attended by motorcyclists, runners, bicyclists, and families across Central New York. All proceeds from the event are used to purchase materials as our volunteers build ramps for families throughout Oswego County.

Questions? Contact Jim Karasek at (315) 342-4088 x206 or
jkarasek@ariseinc.org.

A series of photos showing volunteers constructing a ramp for a couple. The last picture has the couple beaming a huge smile as they leave their home for the first time in years.

Oswego County Ramp Program in Action

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Volunteers arrived early in the morning at 8:30, ready and eager to help. With two boxes of donuts and a container of coffee, they got to work.

Over the next four hours, volunteers unloaded and assembled the modular ramp pieces as the couple eagerly looked on from their front window.

With the last handrail in place, the ramp was completed.

The couple moved to the front door but couldn’t seem to get it to open. Apparently the hinges rusted from not being used for so long.

Finally, the door was released. The smiles on the couple’s faces radiated out of the doorway like the warm afternoon sun. Their daughter exclaimed, “Oh, look at the look on his face!”

This was the first time in two years the couple was able to leave their home.

“This is unbelievable! My God Almighty look at this…Can you feel that sunlight? It’s gorgeous! Maybe I’ll get some of those vitamins I’m supposed to get in me,” said the husband, a retired pilot.

The wife looked over to her daughter and asked if she could take her to the grocery store later that afternoon, “I’m tired of not being able to pick out my own bananas!” It had been seven years since her last shopping trip at their local grocery store.

With each ramp build, there is a unique story. From the young girl who is now able to easily go into her backyard to play, to this couple who felt the summer sun wash over their skin for the first time in years, the program has permanently touched the lives of many families all across Oswego County.

After all, a ramp is not just about access. It’s about returning freedom, independence, and the ability to be a part of the community.