WisCorps Inclusive Crew

A unique group of young adults is working together to make improvements around the La Crosse area this summer. It's called the WisCorps Inclusive Crew, and it combines people with disabilities and people without disabilities.

Fox 25/48's Erin O’Brien explains more about the inclusive crew and what they've been doing around the community.

21-year-old Grant Casto has a unique summer job, on the WisCorp inclusive crew. Today he worked on controlling erosion at Chad Erickson memorial park in La Crosse. But because he's missing part of his right arm sometimes the work needs to be done differently.

"I don't consider it much of a disability. The only thing it's ever really kept me from doing is like climbing or lifting wide things, not so much heavy, just wide."

The Inclusive Crew which also includes a person with a nerve disorder, a visually impaired individual, and two other people without disabilities.

This summer they worked on community gardens, built a patio, and installed park trails.

"The crew pretty much from the very first day we were already trying to get to know each other and it really didn't take much either."

"It was challenging thinking about how everybody’s strengths come together and I think that is challenging for all crew members, every crew that we have in WisCorps is really figuring out what everybody's strengths are and how to use all of them together as a team."

A grant from the Franke Foundation helped to fund the crew.

"It's just wonderful to see people being able to participate in activities that at some point you never would have believed that they could."

This is the first WisCorps Inclusive Crew but after the success of this one, the organization hopes to start more across the state.

And for Casto, the crew is more than just a summer job.

"Being a part of something this summer, not so much doing something, but being a part of something else and definitely a good place to be a part of."

In La Crosse, Erin O’Brien, Fox 25/48 News at Nine.


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