Archive for July, 2012

One Percent on One Day for One Goal

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

As you know from reading our website Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources (C.I.D.E.R.) is a community supported non-profit organization providing services and programs designed to assist Grand Isle County elders and persons with disabilities to continue living with independence and dignity in their own homes and communities.

Serving the Islands for nearly twenty years, C.I.D.E.R. provides wheelchair accessible transportation, manages a community meals program, and loans pieces of special needs equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers.  C.I.D.E.R. relies heavily upon a large group of community volunteers who provide rides, deliver meals-on-wheels, lead strength & balance training classes, make reassurance calls and friendly visits, assist with a variety of individual needs, and help build wheelchair ramps and other home accessibility projects.

Ramp in Alburgh built by C.I.D.E.R.

To support the design and construction of these wheelchair ramps and other home accessibility projects, C.I.D.E.R. has enlisted the support of over seventy Grand Isle County businesses and professionals.  On Wednesday, August 8th, as part of the One Percent on One Day for One Goal campaign, participating businesses and professionals have pledged to donate at least 1% of their sales toward this critical need.  Though local lumber yards usually provide the materials at a significant savings to C.I.D.E.R. and the construction is handled by a group of unpaid volunteers, the cost of an average accessibility project remains between eight hundred and one thousand dollars.  C.I.D.E.R. receives between four and eight requests per year for assistance with home accessibility (usually a wheelchair ramp), and has designed and/or built forty-four projects to date.  C.I.D.E.R. hopes that the “One Percent Day” will generate between five and eight thousand dollars to support the organization.  We also believe that people will support participating businesses with increased traffic on that day.  The signs will  serve as a visible reminder of how the people and communities of the Islands work together and “pitch in” to make Grand Isle County such a special place to live, work, and visit.