John Jepson is the heart, soul and drive behind HopeBUILDERS’ ramp program. John began volunteering with HopeBUILDERS in 2010 and has served as the volunteer Ramp Program Manager since 2011. In this role, John utilizes his expertise to design and oversee the construction of wheelchair ramps for older adults and individuals with disabilities in the Kansas City area. Frequently, ramp volunteer opportunities fill up and there are more willing volunteers than are needed because John inspires dedicated work and a fun environment to serve. Because of John’s careful planning, these volunteers can arrive on the day of the project, have a rewarding and meaningful experience and see a ramp become reality for a deserving client in 1 day.
In 2010, John also joined the HopeBUILDERS board to help guide and steer the overall direction of the organization, and continues to serve today. In addition to his significant contribution of time and talent, John also supports the organization financially.
Since he started volunteering with HopeBUILDERS, John has volunteered an incredible 2,863 hours, the equivalent of 70 weeks of full-time work. John has been the driving force behind over 200 accessibility ramps in the Kansas City area.
In addition to the many intangible ways John has brought value and meaning to those he has volunteered with, he has created significant meaning and impact for the over 200 families he has served. The ramps John leads a team to create provide a better quality of life – safer access to their home because of a ramp.