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AIM raises $16K to replace ramps at its headquarters

July 17, 2014

CORNING | AIM Independent Living Center, a nonprofit organization that provides services to people with disabilities, will replace all the exterior ramping at its headquarters building in Corning, thanks to support from the local business and philanthropic community.

In total, more than $16,000 has been donated to AIM for the project, which is expected to be completed over the course of a week in September. The donations: the Corning Inc. Foundation, $5,000; Corning Enterprises, $5,000; the J.M. McDonald Foundation, $5,000; and the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, $1,275.

“The businesses that have contributed to this project fully understand the importance of accessibility,” said John Zick, AIM’s director of government and public affairs. “We sincerely thank them for supporting AIM and the people with disabilities who live in our community.”

AIM’s headquarters office on East First Street in Corning is undergoing a major renovation. As part of the project, an assessment of the ramps was completed, and it was determined they are quickly deteriorating.

The current ramping – approximately 150 linear feet – will be replaced with Trex decking, an eco-friendly composite made from recycled wood and plastic. This particular style of decking will further AIM’s efforts to go green and will allow for years of little maintenance, saving AIM thousands of dollars.

The total cost of the project is $28,000. If AIM is unable to secure additional donations, it will pay the difference.