VALPARAISO | Landon Davison, a senior at Valparaiso High School, completed his final Eagle Scout project at Opportunity Enterprises’ Appletree Group Home, where he built a 21-foot long wheelchair ramp leading from the back deck of the home into the backyard.
When searching for an organization with which to work, choosing OE was easy for Davison. “I am familiar with OE through its work in the community, and it serves a cause that is near and dear to my heart," He said. "I have a younger brother who is autistic and may be in need of their services someday,”
Davison took on the task of building the wheelchair ramp. “I must say that I underestimated the level of commitment and labor this project would require,” said Davison. “It ended up taking over 300 volunteer hours to complete, and involved fundraising, designing, and implementing a plan as well as coordinating and leading groups of volunteers. The vast majority of the hours put into the project came from my father and me, but I also had helpers come in smaller groups throughout the project time, and also coordinated two official work days.”
Davison is grateful for all of the help he received to finish his project, just in time for his 18th birthday. “Thank you to Troop 963 and Mr. Tony Mockus for all of their help. I would especially like to thank Mr. Mike Peters for motivating me to complete the project and giving me lots of his time, knowledge, and assistance along the way, and also to my father, Duane Davison, for providing so much labor, assistance, and, most importantly, companionship throughout the project.”
”We are grateful for the amount of time and effort Landon put towards completing this project,” said Cathy Kuchenmeister, Volunteer Coordinator at OE. “Our consumers who use wheelchairs will be able to enjoy the back yard of the home now, without having to be pushed through the grass from the front of the house.”