RICHMOND (WRIC)—Today, one of Richmond's most well-known personalities has a new lease on life.
Donnie Corker, known as "Dirtwoman," received a wheelchair ramp on Tuesday, thanks to community volunteers.
The local female impersonator, who famously ran for Richmond mayor in 2008, has had growing medical issues over the years. Corker uses a wheelchair in the house, but hasn't been able to take it out on the town for increased mobility—until now.
"Get out the house, and go to the store, and get back and forth to the store and everything," Corker said. "It's nice; they did a really good job on it."
Dirtwoman's wheelchair ramp became a reality, thanks to a partnership between project:HOMES and Capital One.
"Our mission of investing for good in our communities aligns completely with project:HOMES' mission of improving communities and lives, one home, one neighborhood at a time," said Gail Ball of Capital One.
Volunteers have built 40 wheelchair ramps in the past two and a half years, using a $150,000 grant. The finished products are all free of charge for the recipients. While most aren't as well known as Dirtwoman, their gratitude is the same.
"I think they're real nice people," Corker said. "I really appreciate this."
Tuesday wrapped up Capital One's "Investing for Good" partnership, but the project:HOMES "Renew Crew" is still taking applications for those in need of wheelchair ramps and other assistance.
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