LEESBURG — The Mission United division of United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter to build an access ramp at a veteran’s home.

The installation of the ramp will take place at 9 a.m. on July 31 at the home of Donald Bottoms in Mascotte, Florida. Bottoms is a 91-year-old United States Air Force veteran who served in the Korean War. He contacted Mission United for assistance with the ramp because of his mobility needs. Mission United Coordinator Tracey Schoonmaker reached out to Habitat for help with the project, and the two organizations agreed to split the $3,959.86 cost.

Representatives from both organizations will attend and assist the contractor with the ramp installation. Mission United is a United Way program dedicated to providing support and resources to local veterans, active-duty service members and military families. More than 52,000 veterans call Lake or Sumter County home, and many struggle with navigating a complex system of services and finding their place in the community. Mission United is a collective effort that identifies gaps and creates systemic change in the area of health-care access, education, and stability assistance. United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties serves needs in the areas of income, education and health in both counties.

UWLS facilitates and delivers a number of direct programs and services, and it provides and grants and support that fund programs for more than 20 partner agencies and non-profits. In addition to its standard mission of “bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope,” Habitat of Lake-Sumter has been a leader in innovation to build a more stable and sustainable future for homeowners and the community.