BlueLinx staff helps build wheelchair ramps in Colorado
DENVER — The Home Builders Foundation will execute the 8th Annual Blitz Build and bring together over 200 volunteers to build wheelchair ramps for 20 Denver metro residents in just three days.
This year’s Blitz Build recipients’ range in age from 8 to 87 years old. Projects will be completed in Arvada, Aurora, Broomfield, Castle Rock, Denver, Englewood, Larkspur, Lafayette, Lakewood, Littleton, Morrison, Parker, and Thornton. Each has a unique situation that led them to need a ramp, including living with muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy or an accident resulting in a spinal cord injury. What they have in common is the desire to access their own homes safely and independently, so they can also access and thrive in our community.
One of this year’s Blitz Build projects is happening in Morrison, Colo. for Jaymz M, an 8-year-old boy living with Trisomy 20 and scoliosis. Jaymz will have two ramps and special swing built by volunteer crews from BlueLinx Corporation and Century Communities and led by long-time HBF Project Captain Gordy Gardner with CR Gardner.
The retail value of the work that will be completed during the Blitz Build is estimated to be more than $70,000. Thanks to all involved, especially to the event’s Presenting Sponsor, FirstBank, and many additional cash and in-kind sponsors including Universal Forest Products, who donated the treated lumber and Bluelinx Corporation, who donated all the decking. The work will be done at no cost to the HBF. And, as with all HBF projects, the recipients will receive these modifications at no cost as well. It is anticipated that, in addition to the retail value of the work done at no cost, this event will raise more than $20,000 to allow the HBF to complete future accessible home modifications for deserving recipients.
“The Blitz Build began as a way to address a backlog of projects and engage volunteers. The first year, we completed 7 ramps with a handful of volunteers. After this year, nearly 150 ramps will have been built during Blitz Build weekends. It has been amazing to watch this event grow to serve so many recipients in our community and by utilizing over 200 volunteers.” Beth Forbes, Executive Director of the HBF