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February 22, 2014

AMBUCS ramp up: Members of five clubs help build wheelchair ramp for Enid family

ENID, Okla. — Members from each of Enid’s five AMBUCS clubs gathered Saturday to a ramp for a family on East Pine.

“Today is AMBUCS National Service Day, and as a group Enid project we are building a ramp,” said Anna Blubaugh, secretary for Enid Noon AMBUCS and past national president.

Enid’s First Senior, Enid Downtown, Enid AM, Enid AM Too and Enid Noon AMBUCS clubs participated in Saturday’s project.

“It falls in line with our mission,” Blubaugh said. “Our mission is to create mobility and independence for people with disabilities.”

The Lewis family was having the ramp built at their home.

Jackie Lewis’ husband, Ron, uses a wheelchair but their home’s two porches both have several steps.

She said her mother suggested calling one of the AMBUCS clubs in Enid about getting a ramp built at her home. She said Ron’s former boss, Kelly Goodwin, who is in AMBUCS, also suggested they contact the club.

“I think it’s great. I really do,” Lewis said Saturday as the ramp was taking shape. “We would not have been able to get one if they did not do this.”

Blubaugh said the ramps the clubs build are all American with Disabilities Act compliant, and an experienced builder always is present for a build.

“We’re not just putting up a ramp,” she said. “We’re following all the rules.”

AMBUCS District Governor Cindy McFarland said the Enid clubs typically have a focus on getting AmTrykes and scholarships for students studying therapy. She said Saturday was her first ramp build.

“It’s a learning experience for some of the clubs,” she said.

Blubaugh said about 25 AMBUCS were expected to help with Saturday’s project.

“There is a job for everybody,” she said. “Whether you are a carpenter or holding boards.”

Blubaugh said she gets calls “all the time” from people needing ramps built at their homes.

“With support from the community to our fundraisers we’re able to help provide ramps and AmTrykes,” she said. “All of those things cost a lot of money and the community can feel good they took some part in this project.”

Enid Noon AMBUCS President Margaret Jones said the project was a great way for the clubs to make an impact in the community.

“It’s just wonderful,” she said. “We’ve go so many people coming together to help out.”

“Shoulders together, that’s our motto,” Blubaugh said. “And this is definitely a shoulders-together project.”

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