This is a group for people who are looking for community volunteer opportunities in the Austin/Travis County area for themselves or for the groups they represent.
The Texas Ramp Project is a grassroots nonprofit that has built 15,000+ ramps since 1985. It's 100% volunteer and donation driven. No government bureaucracy. Just people who want give back to their community in a meaningful way.
WHO SHOULD JOIN
Construction experience is not required. We can teach you everything you need to know. However, if you DO have a construction background, this is a great opportunity to use your skills and experience doing something that's incredibly rewarding. Our biggest challenge at this time is finding more people interested in becoming Project Leaders. Without leaders there are no ramp projects.
• Members of civic organizations like the Rotary Club, the Young Men's Service League and Girl Scouts
• Coaches of high school athletic teams who are looking for service projects for their teams
• Leaders of high school National Honor Societies and college fraternities & sororities (volunteers must be at least 16 years old)
• Volunteer coordinators of businesses and professional associations
• Members of churches (we are non-denominational-everyone is welcome :)
• High school & college students interested in construction trades or construction management
• Individuals looking for a meaningful way to help others
WHAT WE DO
We build ramps on Saturday mornings at 8:00 but we need help before and after the projects too. It takes a lot of people to coordinate the process. These are some of the ways members can get involved:
• Taking the measurements and pictures needed to design the ramps using the Texas Ramp Project Austin Guidelines (http://bit.ly/TRPRampGuidelines) (ideal for people with a construction background)
• Building modules in the warehouse
• Loading materials before and after the ramp projects
• Driving the truck to and from the project site
• Painting the ramps
The Texas Ramp Project Austin/Travis County team has been around for 10+ years. We've worked with the City of Austin to come up with a design that meets their strict guidelines. We have a core team that's pretty much seen it all and done it all. We know what it takes to build a ramp that will pass inspection and provide freedom to people who've become prisoners in their own homes.
The need is great. We have a backlog of referrals from social workers, nurses and hospice caregivers. We'd really like to build 2 ramps every week. To do that we need more volunteers, especially Project Leaders.
We're building three ramps on Sat. Feb. 23rd and have a lot of modules to build in advance. Meet us at the warehouse if you want to help out!
Texas Ramp Project Warehouse
9705 Burnet Rd. #601
What to Bring?
We have all the tools and materials you'll need. A tool belt comes in handy if you have one, but it's not required. We have enough drills for everyone, but feel free to bring your own if you want to. We only use 3" construction screws to build the modules (no nails).
Who Should Come?
Anyone over age 16. No experience necessary. Steve will show you how the templates are set up. It's pretty simple and doesn't take long at all to build one module. We could be building as many as 10-20 modules.