Pi Kapps wind down Spring semester by constructing wheelchair ramp

Members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at the University of Texas at Tyler are spending the final weekend of the Spring semester learning an important lesson in serving others.

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, Theta Pi Chapter members Chase Miller and Jessie Spruiell helped construct a 21-foot-long wheelchair ramp for a 64-year-old Chandler man who has limited vision.

Since 2014, members of the Theta Pi Chapter have teamed up with the Texas Ramp Project on nearly a dozen ramp builds. The non-profit organization is an all-volunteer group funded by local churches, civic organizations and individuals who work to build wheelchair ramps for those in need.

The organization furnishes the building materials and the fraternity helps provides valuable muscle and manpower. In 2016, the Texas Ramp Project has completed 140 ramps in the Tyler area and are ahead of that pace so far in 2017. Saturday’s ramp was the organization’s 51st built since January.

Members were inspired to form the partnership through Pi Kappa Phi’s philanthropy, The Ability Experience. The goal of each and every Ability Experience program is to give of one’s self in order to benefit people with disabilities, instilling a lifelong commitment to service.

To learn more about The Texas Ramp Project in Tyler, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TRPTyler/


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