Billy Austin had a dream for a safe route to Maymont Park. But the quadriplegic, who uses a computer to speak, needed help. Sandra McKinnon Shelley joined other volunteers in establishing the Billy Austin Sidewalk Project. As co-chair of the project, she 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 she helped write. To support the grant application, she 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.