‘Ramp It Up For Veterans’ Honors, Serves Veterans Of All Ages, Eras
Charitable Words Scholar Tyler Bell, a veteran of the War in Iraq, covering the kickoff of People Working Cooperatively’s ‘Ramp it Up for Veterans’ campaign. The nonprofit’s work helped 98-year-old World War II veteran Anna Fields, shown here with her daughter Paula, remain in her Bond Hill home.
Overhead on large video board above Macy’s, a video showed the work of Charitable Words Scholar Tyler Bell, on assignment with PWC as a media intern. At the table next to ours, his parents looked on with pride. I told them Charitable Words was proud, too. And thanked them and the Bell family for their service to our country.
Tyler, a University of Cincinnati journalism student, is also a U.S. Marine and veteran of the war in Iraq. As we watched him hustle around the stage with two cameras around his neck, I told his parents that he is a good photojournalist. They have raised a good man. A son to them, and a brother to me and more than 20 million military veterans in the U.S. Too many are in low-income and in critical need of services such as PWC’s home repair and modifications for the disabled.
Among the dignitaries on stage: Anna Field, a 98-year-old World War II combat nurse who is one of the veterans who’ve benefited from PWC’s program. Anna, in a bright blue dress and hat, red and white scarf and gold cross on her neck, thanked PWC for helping her stay in her Bond Hill home that was “falling apart” until her daughter, Paula, learned of the home repair program and called for help.
“They have been so helpful to me to allow me to remain, for the rest of the time I have left, in my own home,” she said.
Speaking for all those present at the event, may I say in return, Anna: “Thank you” for your service then and your dignified, elegant inspiration today.
In its second year, Ramp it Up for Veterans has a goal of $500,000, which would allow it to serve more than 100 local veterans.
“This campaign has the ability to make a significant impact in our community,” said PWC President Jock Pitts, “We have a tangible impact on the communities we serve. These donations don’t just impact the veteran, but the veteran’s family, their neighbors and their entire community.”
The campaign will run through Veterans Day on November 11.
Here are organizations recognized for igniting the fundraising campaign and how you can help:
- The Home Depot Foundation donated $220,000.
- The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation donated $50,000.
- Fifth Third Bank donated $10,000.
With the help of Senco Brands, Inc., PWC has a text-to-donate component of the campaign. Text the letters “PWC” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
For more information on PWC and its “Ramp It Up for Veterans” campaign, visit www.pwchomerepairs.org or follow PWC on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/peopleworkingcooperatively and www.twitter.com/PWCCincy.
About People Working Cooperatively:
Incorporated in 1975, People Working Cooperatively (PWC) is a nonprofit organization serving lowincome, elderly, and disabled homeowners in 24 counties of Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Indiana. PWC strengthens communities by providing professional, critical home repair, weatherization, modification, and maintenance services to help residents stay safely in their homes. For almost 40 years, PWC’s staff of licensed, trained employees and dedicated corps of almost 7,000 volunteers have provided 250,000 services. For more information, visit www.pwchomerepairs.org or call (513) 351-7921.