AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Fifteen men of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity are building accessible amenities for people with disabilities in towns across eight states, including Akron. The team will help until July 28 on several projects at The Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs, in cooperation with the Akron Area YMCA.
The Build America team will present the camp with a check for $5,000 to cover the cost of materials in addition to 500 man-hours of labor. Overall, the team will save the camp $10,000 in labor and material costs.
Kenny Day, a student at the University of Cincinnati, and native of Brunswick, Ohio will be participating in Build America this year.
Build America is a program of Push America, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, which raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities. The Build America team consists of men from Pi Kappa Phi chapters across the country. The team builds accessible environments at camps that serve people with disabilities. Build America logs more than 4,000 man hours and saves camps $80,000 in labor costs and materials expenses. The team will complete their summer in Washington D.C on August 13th.
The Build America team will spend nearly 50 days improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through various construction projects. When the construction stops, the team will continue building relationships and spend every afternoon with people with disabilities in many different community events and activities.
Push America was founded in 1977 with the hope of committing its members to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. With the combined efforts of sponsors and individual team members, this year's Build America team will raise more than $70,000 on behalf of people with disabilities. Push America and Pi Kappa Phi have fundraised over $15 million to date and continue to be on the cutting edge of the disability movement.