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Master Builders Rampathon

Giving Freedom One Ramp at a Time

Article by Teresa Coy

Photography by Master Builders Association, VanderBeken Remodel

Originally published in Snohomish City Lifestyle

Every summer ramps are built for people who need to access their homes by the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. (MBAKS)

Q: Who is the Master Builders Association (MBAKS)?

A: Founded in 1909 and headquartered in Bellevue, MBAKS is the nation’s oldest and largest local homebuilders' association. Our purpose is to make home happen because we believe that everyone deserves a place to call home.

Q: What is Rampathon and its history?

A: Rampathon began in 1993 when MBAKS members began building ramps for those in need throughout King and Snohomish counties. Just last year, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Rampathon and our builder members constructed 29 ramps free of charge.

Q: How can the community get involved with this project?

A: Skilled builders can volunteer. They will be paired with a person in need in their area. MBAKS reimburses our builders for building materials, and we are very lucky to partner with Dunn Lumber which donates lumber supplies to the Rampathon program.

Q: How do you find the families in need?

A:  MBAKS staff reaches out to senior centers, disability organizations, medical care professionals, veterans’ organizations and case workers within communities.

For more information about volunteer opportunities or to nominate an individual family for a ramp to be built visit http://www.mbaks.com/ramp or email to: stewardship@mbaks.com. Applications for Rampathon are now open through May 3rd. Ramps will be constructed starting in April and finish in July. Together we can give the gift of access to our neighbors and those we love. 

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