12.20.18 – United Way of Greater Lorain County presented Ross Builders with a one-of-a-kind award to commemorate the completion of a joint wheelchair ramp build for a local family in October. As an additional token of gratitude, United Way announced its plans to rename the Volunteer Engagement Hub in the agency’s downtown Lorain office to honor the Ross family.
The wheelchair ramp build was a partnership between United Way, Ross Builders, HandsOn Northeast Ohio, Invacare Corporation, and The Home Depot. During the October build, Ross Builders donated three days of services with a handful of their skilled contractors overseeing the project’s construction.
Genevieve Plas, age 11 of Carlisle Township, created a small-scale model of the home and wheelchair ramp out of Popsicle sticks to present to the Ross volunteers as a lasting recognition of their community support.
The project continued a long-standing relationship between United Way and the Ross Family. Ross Builders founder and president Stephen J. Ross, who passed away in October, orchestrated an in-kind gift to United Way’s capital campaign for the design-build of their new office in Lorain in 2017. Ross’ sons Steve and Nick have also been involved with United Way, through Steve’s assistance to the agency in their search for a new office location and Nick’s oversight of the building’s renovation.
“The Ross family has been so great to us, we really wanted to do something to genuinely show our gratitude,” said United Way of Greater Lorain County executive director Bill Harper.
“Steve was such a kind man who left his mark on our community, and his sons Steve and Nick have both been instrumental in helping us as we’ve moved into our new headquarters in downtown Lorain.”
Ross Builders has been family owned and operated since 1964 and has maintained an office in North Ridgeville since 1971.
The Volunteer Engagement Hub is located in the warehouse attached to United Way’s Lorain headquarters and serves as the center of the agency’s volunteer activities. The space houses supplies for volunteer projects including ladders, wood, and paint, and has space to hold collections and sorting projects. The warehouse’s garage door additionally gives the agency flexibility to accommodate large deliveries of supplies and other project materials. Recent opportunities hosted in the Volunteer Engagement Hub have included a stocking stuffing social, book sorting, and literacy kit assemblies.