The Kiwanis Club of Tampa has a construction committee that builds wheelchair ramps for people who could not otherwise afford them and need them for accessibility. Over the years, club members have built more than 250 ramps, including one for a homebound elderly woman, and for a wheelchair bound elderly widow.
We also have helped on some construction projects for other nonprofit groups, such as playgrounds, fences, picnic facilities and other improvement projects for The Spring, Bright Horizons, Joshua House, Salesian Youth Center and Easter Seals. Our club also helped renovate facilities that help at-risk or abused children removed from their homes as part of the "Rainbow Rooms" project by providing books, toys and furniture. A family of five with two young boys that are severely mentally and physically handicapped received some home improvement help from our members.
Our club also partnered Jesuit High School’s Key Club to paint a home for a needy family as part of Paint Your Heart Out Tampa.
Are you handy with tools? We've love the help. Or have you always wanted to learn how to build? No construction experience is necessary; your fellow committee members will teach you. Serving on the construction committee is a great way to learn how to build a ramp and a friendship.