By Jim Grawe
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
5:57 PM CDT, November 3, 2012
Saturday at St. Mark Methodist Church--members of the local Omega Psi Phi Fraternity are taking calls and giving rides. Their mission is to help voters get to the polls--people like Roy Crawford who have no other way to get there.
"For a long time I wasn't able to vote," Crawford says.
The volunteers borrowed a van with a lift. They picked up Mr. Crawford at his apartment and took him to the polling site on E. 21st Street. His sister says the men are "angels."
"He'd given up four years ago and he was very disgusted about that, because he really wanted to vote," Vaniece Crawford says. "He'd had a stroke and we weren't able to transport the wheelchair. So, this time a way was made, and it's just really great."
Great, indeed, her borther says. He didn't want to sit out another election.
"I was kind of worried," Mr. Crawford says. "My sister called me and said I was going to vote today, so I got real thrilled about that!"
Meanwhile, the volunteers say they're thrilled to be able to help.
"A lot of people made a lot of sacrifices just so we can vote," Omega Psi Phi's Harry Willis says. "I feel like it's my duty to vote, and if anyone needs help getting to the polls then I am absolutely willing to provide that assistance."
The group will provide rides again on Tuesday (Election Day). If you live in Wichita and need help getting to your polling place, you can call (316) 683-6900.
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