Kiwanis launches wheelchair ramp building program

The name Kiwanis originates from an old American Indian expression, "Nunc Kee-wanis," meaning "we trade" or "we share our talents."

That is what the Ashland Kiwanis Club is doing with its newest project: building wheelchair ramps for people who may not otherwise be able to do so themselves or cannot afford to have someone else build one.

Derek Sherrell, who joined Ashland Kiwanis in 2006, specializes in finish work such as cabinets, flooring and moldings.

He has taken on the project to build these wheelchair ramps for local citizens in need.

The Jacksonville Kiwanis Club has built more than 350 ramps, mainly in the Jacksonville and Phoenix area, and they asked the Ashland Kiwanis Club if it would be interested in doing the same for the Ashland and Talent area.

The Kiwanis tackled their first project at the home of Linda Lee in Talent.

Josh Brown of Ashland Kiwanis and Jacksonville Kiwanis members Dave Wilson, his grandson Jake Johnson and Fred Schatz helped Sherrell.

All labor was provided free of charge.

Normally, the lumber materials are provided at cost to Sherrell, but a friend of Linda Lee provided the materials for this ramp.

Kiwanis thanks Ashland Lumber for support in providing help for this lower-income wheelchair ramp project.

If you are interested in a similar wheelchair ramp or would like to find out more information about the program, call the Ashland Kiwanis Club at 488-8065.

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