CHESTER, NJ (Morris County) – A non-profit organization that was created in 2014 to assist those with mobility problems and UPS recently teamed up to make sure a Morris County man with ALS can safely get in and out of his home.
Operation Ramp It Up was founded by Greg Schneider, who is a 41 year UPS employee in Cincinnati where he started this seven years ago. Since then, the organization has installed over 100 wheelchair ramps and recycled over 40 ramps in 30 states, assisting military veterans and non-veterans with mobility problems. His to have ramps in all 50 states.
“I installed my first ramp with a local nonprofit, I was so touched on how we changed someone’s life. They couldn’t leave their house without being carried or assisted down the steps. I wanted to make a difference. So with UPS, VFW, Other veteran agencies and companies, my family and friends, we made Operation Ramp It Up a National nonprofit. The UPS Foundation has been very instrumental in our financial support with grants across the country,” Schneider said.
“We started off just helping veterans but with my adult kids who serve on my board, we decided to help everyone, Schneider said.
Schneider and his crew installed a ramp for Jacob, 65, with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at his Chester home.
Irene, Jacob’s daughter, said, “We couldn’t get him out of the house to take him to his appointments, so I called several contractors to get help but must either didn’t call back or it would take a long time.”
Irene then posted to an ALS community Facebook page looking for help and that’s when someone saw the post and contacted Operation Ramp It Up.
Several UPS employees from the Tri-State area came to Jacob’s house to build the ramp which was completed on Monday, April 5, Irene said.
“I know I speak for all of the UPSers who volunteered on this wheelchair ramp build when I say that we felt so privileged to help this deserving family in their time of need. We were fortunate to build this ramp with our trusted non profit partner Operation Ramp it Up; they helped us provide a quality end product to Jacob that we were proud to present to him and his family,” UPS Director of Community Relations Laura James said.
“We were so surprised in a good way on how people went out of their way to help us,” Irene told RNJ.
For more information on Operation Ramp It Up, visit www.operationrampitup.com.