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Posted on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 5:11 a.m.

UAW-Ford, United Way team up to build ramp for area resident's home

By AnnArbor.com Staff

A team of Ann Arbor area UAW-Ford workers — Tom Kanitz, Richard Valko, Jason Schiffman, Brian Brandvold, Ron Valko and Shane Herrell — working in cooperation with United Way, through the UAW-Ford Community Service project, built a ramp at the home of Janet and Paul Cook.

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Jason Schiffman (left), Ron Valko, Shane Herrell, Brian Brandvold, and Richard Valko helped build a ramp for an Ann Arbor area resident's home.

photo courtesy of United Way

This project was coordinated and staffed by UAW-Ford, under the direction of UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles.

“It’s great to lend a hand to help make someone’s life better,” said Herrell. “The reward is in making a better community, and seeing the smile on someone’s face when they get in and out of their home unassisted."

Anyone in the area who needs a ramp to make a home more accessible may contact Sheila Pedersen at 734-971-8200 for an evaluation for a ramp project.

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