The Issue: Limited Mobility and ALS Support
Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects (SWOOP) has a singular goal: making the world more accessible to underserved people. Since 2013, SWOOP has taken in 20 qualified requests for wheelchair ramps that it was unable to fulfill. The people who requested these aluminum or wooden structures vary as much as the volunteers who regularly construct them, affected by ALS, paralysis, stroke, amputation, or cancer. But SWOOPers don’t stop at the front door. They also recognize that home environments must be made safe and accessible. Similarly, TEAM DiGiacomo, an affiliate of Strike Out ALS, is dedicated to raising public awareness of ALS in an effort to fund, support, and find a cure for people living with ALS. The funds generated by this combined campaign will help provide wheelchair ramps, home renovations, and daily caregiving expenses for affected families.
The Campaign: Building Ramps, Home Accessibility, and Caregiving
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects (SWOOP) and their campaign partner TEAM DiGiacomo to improve locals’ quality of life. Every $10 raised will go toward two programs, SWOOPIN’ Saturday and Ramp It Up! The Ramp It Up! program installs wooden or aluminum ramps in homes to help people in wheelchairs gain greater mobility. SWOOPIN’ Saturday promotes home accessibility and a variety of other community projects such as building safe play areas for children with autism and projects that benefit women and children in shelters.
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Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects and TEAM DiGiacomo
More than 39,000 hours. That's how much time volunteers have put in on behalf of Strong Women Organizing Outrageous Projects (SWOOP). Together, these 1,600 SWOOP Responders have installed temporary and permanent wheelchair ramps across the region, retrofitted homes for wheelchair accessibility, renovated women's centers, and built fenced yards and playgrounds for kids.
SWOOP maintains two programs dedicated to these causes: SWOOPin' Saturdays and Ramp it Up! The first gathers dedicated volunteers for a full day of service, helping other nonprofits make the most of their resources. On these days, SWOOPers complete projects that improve the quality of life for local people, building safe play areas for families with children who have disabilities or planting community gardens near shelters that serve women and children. Ramp It Up! installs wheelchair ramps in homes to help people affected by ALS, stroke, paralysis, cancer, or amputation come home from care facilities.
TEAM DiGiacomo, SWOOP's campaign partner, provides resources, funds, and connections for individuals and their families living with ALS. They help fill the gaps when insurance and hospice fail to meet the needs and expenses related to a life with ALS. Efforts include raising funds for research, promoting legislative changes, and improving access to resources.