Wheelchair Collections

Wheelchair Collections

You can help!

russ-in-fieldAll a volunteer needs is to have a willing heart to pick up a wheelchair or other equipment. We accept equipment donations of new and used wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, therapy related equipment such as mats, swings, therabands, and other related mobility equipment. If you have any questions please contact Jeff Lair at jeff.lair@pushinternational.org. With every piece of equipment a volunteer picks up for us they change the life of a person somewhere in the world. You can take this on as a group or an individual and literally change the lives of hundreds of people. All you need is to be able to pick up the equipment and have a storage place, such as a garage, shed or a community storage area. Many companies will donate storage units for this kind of work.

The direction that we desire to see our volunteers take is the “institutional” and “organizational” market; nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, wheelchair dealers, Easter Seals, United Cerebral Palsy, the Veteran’s Hospital, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Special Olympics, Goodwill’s, Salvation Army, Shiners, etc, etc, etc… Many of these organizations collect equipment that their clients have outgrown or no longer use. Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and the nursing staff usually have more direct access to equipment and can be contacted through your local Yellow pages phone book in your area.

How you can get started:

Volunteers need to start calling these various organizations, (if you need help getting started or for a script to use on the phone, email us at info@pushinternational.org) Volunteers can also set up a meeting with key contact people to get the local Push International contact number in the Rolodex of every potential donor, so that when they do have equipment to donate they call you instead of throwing it away. The key contact people may surprise you, Nurses, Physical and Occupational Therapists are in constant contact with the clients and are overjoyed to find an outlet to give the old wheelchairs and equipment to. Maintenance people are also good contacts because they are called on to clean out the storage space once a year and throw those old chairs away.

equipmentWe propose that if a volunteer could spend 20 minutes a day to make five phone calls a day, going through the yellow pages of the phone book, in alphabetical order, you could contact every organization in the your local area in one year. Try contacting administration, maintenance, or the head nurse. Tell the person who you are, what you do, how they can help and how to contact you. Remember that you are offering them a service so that they will not have to spend man-hours hauling off old equipment to the dump. Ninety percent of these people do not even know that organizations like us exist, and when they are told about us they are more than happy to get involved. If phone calls do not work for you, a standard form letter may be better. But letters do better if they have a person to go to, not just a department. E-mail is another possibility if you can get a list of e-mail addresses. The Internet Yellow Pages web sites many times have e-mail addresses on most of their listings. What we need to do is get your name and number out into the hands of the people that have access to the used equipment.

If you have any questions or would like to become more involved please contact Jeff Lair, Director of Wheelchair Collections at jeff.lair@pushinternational.org.