RAMPS is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to help the less fortunate by paying for and assembling modular wheelchair ramps for those people who are in need and have qualified for financial assistance.
Our vision is to empower financially qualified elderly and disabled individuals in Henrico County, Chesterfield County, and the City of Richmond, VA by giving them a safe means in and out of their homes. At the same time, we develop compassionate young adults and promote inter-generational communication.
The wheelchair ramps assembled by our student volunteers make an immediate and permanent improvement in the lives of the recipients. The ramps increase access to regular medical care – from doctor’s appointments to dialysis. Recipients reconnect with their friends and communities and gain access to social services programs. They can sit outside in the sunshine, and go to the grocery store or the mailbox.
Ramp Access Made Possible by Students, or RAMPS was created by three Richmond, Virginia area high school students, Mike Dowd, Gray Fain, and Coleman Wortham. It began as a school challenge to contribute to their community through charitable projects. Since then, over 1,000 students from 27 high schools and colleges have assembled over 395 wheelchair ramps for elderly and disabled individuals who could not safely move in and out of their homes.
RAMPS Board of Directors
- August Berling
- James Dowd
- Mike Dowd
- Roy Jorstad
- Dave Newton
- Will Stettinius
- Coleman Wortham