Kiwanis – Nailbenders

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“Kiwanis is a service organization. We noticed that many seniors in the area needed handicap ramps. We felt, and continue to feel, that building these ramps provides a valuable service to these members of our community.”

– Warren Weingarten, Kiwanis Nailbender


The process of getting a ramp begins with a phone call by someone in need.

The objective of the Nailbenders, which is part of the Copper Country Kiwanis Club, is to build handicap accessible ramps for disabled people at their homes. The Nailbenders donate labor to the projects and have necessary tools and a trailer to haul ramp sections. The ramps are built wherever needed in our area. They have been done in many locations as far as Skanee and Copper Harbor and everywhere in between. To date, the Nailbenders have built over 200 ramps, or about 7-9 per year.


Each ramp involves approximately 12 hours of labor, with 5 hours being on site for installation. The longest ramp to date was at least 90 feet, with the smallest about 20 feet.

There is a critical need for help from the community in building the ramps. Typically 8-15 people are needed to build a ramp, with a minimum of 4-8 people, which may include non-Kiwanis members. Anyone who would like to help and/or join Kiwanis of the Copper Country can visit their website at


The materials used are all treated lumber and are purchased at local lumber yards. Occasionally, a ramp is no longer needed and if at all possible, the materials are re-used for new ramps.

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