Veteran-led Team Rubicon Is helping STRIDE Adaptive Sports - Wounded Warrior Programs in Upstate NY.
Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster response organization, will be on the ground in West Sand Lake to provide support to the community in the Capital Region. Rubicon will be providing STRIDE Adaptive Sports with free labor and donated supplies from Home Depot to construct and remodel a recent purchased warehouse called the SHARE Center for Wounded Veterans to pursue adaptive sports. The SHARE Center will serve as an adaptive multi-purpose gym space, a lounge for our Wounded Warriors, and a conference/ training space. Rubicon will be partnering with Team Red, White, Blue and the GE Veterans Network to complete the work on November 4th and 5th. Nearly 30 veterans will be on site all weekend providing construction labor such as demolition and sheet-rocking; building ADA bathrooms and installing a wheelchair lift to the 2nd floor as part of the Rubicon Vets4Vets project for Veterans Day. The veterans hail from NYC and NJ and will be lodging at STRIDE’s Camp in Chatham NY for the weekend – military style!
Through connections with Schenectady GE facility and the GE Veterans network, STRIDE was selected for this massive project and is extremely grateful. “Our budget for this overhaul on the existing warehouse building is massive, and we simply don’t have the money to pay for the construction,” said Mary Ellen Whitney, CEO and Founder of the grassroots organization. “We had only two weeks’ notice to get all the plumbing, electric and framing infrastructure completed before Team Rubicon came in to do the finish work. We are way ahead of schedule and budget because of their efforts.”
Like STRIDE’s Warrior programs, Team Rubicon volunteers efficiently and effectively gives military veteran volunteers the opportunity to continue their service through disaster response, and building projects such as this. Team Rubicon helps give them a renewed sense of purpose, community, and identity.
U.S. Marine Corps veterans Jake Wood and William McNulty founded the nonprofit in 2010 following the massive Haiti earthquake. It has grown from eight to over 43,000 volunteers with close to 200 operations under its belt, including Superstorm Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and Tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma and response to Hurricane Harvey and Maria.