Billy Austin had a dream for a safe route to Maymont Park. But the quadriplegic, who uses a computer to speak, needed help. I joined other volunteers in establishing the Billy Austin Sidewalk Project. As co-chair of the project, I helped shepherd the project through city, state, and federal agencies. The project raised $123,000 through private donations and a successful federal grant application, which I helped write. To support the grant application, I gathered letters of support from senators, congressmen, and other officials. The result was the construction of an accessible sidewalk linking the Virginia Home, a nursing facility for adults with severe physical disabilities, and Maymont Park. Please click on image to view sample pages from the grant.