February 18th, 2023 - Cash Bash, Elks Lodge, Savoy
May 20th, 2023 - Amtryke Road Rally (invitation only)
Second Ramp Build of 2022
Thirty-five foot ramp built!
Thirteen GCC AMBUCS members and friends grabbed breakfast on a Sunday morning and then converged on a location in southwest Champaign to build a wooden ramp on a mobile home. Both occupants of the home have trouble walking and use walkers and canes which makes going up and down the stairs dangerous. This ramp will allow them to get outside easily to walk the dogs, go grocery shopping or to doctors' appointments.
The ramp took about five hours to build with only a few challenges to get past, one being the number of post holes needed. Before the pandemic, the Chapter bought a pull-behind auger to make the digging easier and it did! Each post hole location had to be precise to provide the maximum support for the ramp. Like Goldilocks's porridge, the slope of the ramp had to be just right too, not too steep, and not too flat to keep in compliance with the American's with Disabilities Act. All the workers followed the measure-twice cut-once rule and the ramp came out beautiful!
Thanks to all who helped and our co-leaders Keith Jamieson and Don Dunlap! Here's hoping we can do more ramps next year!
AMBUCS Begins Year-long Membership Drive
Time to join a great group of people!
The Greater Champaign County AMBUCS is a enjoyable group to join! We have lots of fun doing all of our projects from giving away Amtrykes, to thanking therapists for all they do with us, to fundraising, to maintaining AMBUCS Park, to shed cleaning! We're always having a good time giving back to our community. On September 19th, we'll be hosting our Charity Golf Outing fundraiser at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet. We'll be hosting the Scarecrow Festival in AMBUCS Park, east Urbana, on October 8th. We meet once a week at Urbana Gardens for fellowship and to plan our events. We have speakers at these lunch meetings and give away Amtrykes to people in our community! We would be happy to have you join us at lunch to find out what this group is all about! Contact any member to join us for lunch! We'll save a seat for you! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with events.
About GCC AMBUCS
AMBUCS is a national charitable service organization consisting of a diverse group of men and women dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. The Greater Champaign County Chapter has been making a difference in Champaign County since 1981. Our main accomplishments are the 350 ramps we have built for low income families in Champaign County since 1981 and the 300+ AmTrykes we have given away in the last 10 years. At right is the crew at one of our bike builds.
Please take a look at the many wonderful things we do, and consider becoming a member. We can always use the help, and we love meeting new people in the community. If you like, just drop by one of our Tuesday lunch meetings at Urbana Gardens to see what we are all about. We'll even spring for lunch!
When you're ready to join us just print and fill out this Membership Application and we'll be happy to have you!
February 18th is the date for the 2023 GCC AMBUCS Charity Cash Bash where the top prize is $7,500! Tickets will be on sale soon in 2023! Plan on joining us for a fun evening of drinks, good food, and a chance to help our wonderful organization!
Our Chapter built two ramp in 2022. Unfortunately, due to the large number of requests and the onset of Winter, we will not build any more ramps in the 2022 season. Please check back in 2023!
Our club gives away therapeutic tricycles, called AmTrykes, to children and adults with disabilities. The process starts with a recommendation from a therapist. As soon as possible, a trike will be assembled and delivered for the person to enjoy! Contact Amtryke Ambassador, Scott Price, 217-202-4487, with questions.