Non-profit group gives back to community

By Erica Quednau |

Published 01/14 2014 11:08AM

Updated 01/15 2014 11:50AM

VERMILION COUNTY -- It's a job this group has been doing nearly 20-years. Since then, they've built almost 280 ramps. Now, the Vermilion County Handicapped Association is helping the disabled in a new way. Monday, members turned their efforts from homes to schools. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau finds out about the shift in services.

Monday had nothing to do with ramps, tools, wood or building. There were just two representatives from the group and two checks.

When getting around is hard for someone, Kip Sullivan and Steve Paxton get to walking, usually building ramps.

"Well, we had some extra money and, as a non-profit organization, we just felt like we should give some of that back."

So, they went from school-to-school with checks in hand.

"Someone come up with this idea to give $500 to each school district within Vermilion County that had special needs classes."

"I was blown away."

One of their stops was to Catlin High School.

"We have 19 special ed students in our building. Immediately, I knew that we were going to use it for technology. We're going to purchase a document camera."

"Most of them's been talking about technology stuff."

Oakwood Junior High has the same idea.

"I've really been needing an Elmo Camera, a document camera. It's like an overhead projector except for, instead of having to make the plastic overlays, you can, like, I can just stick this check under there and show it up on my smart board."

A small gesture which will go a long way.

"My kids will just be thrilled. This is what you expect from your neighbors. I mean, this is what, you know, this is Central Illinois."

"I know it's just a small token, but I hope it's something they can use."

The Vermilion County Handicapped Association visited five schools. Members will do the same Tuesday, stopping in Hoopeston, Bismarck and Danville.

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