Free Wheelchair Mission Recognized as Top Orange County Nonprofit at 2014 OC Coast Magazine Community Awards
Irvine, CA, March 11, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- “We couldn’t be more proud of the hard work of our staff,” Reed Hartley said of the team at Free Wheelchair Mission. President and Founder, Don Schoendorfer notes, “They are so dedicated to transforming the lives of the disabled poor in developing countries with the gift of mobility; and this award is a testament to that dedication.” Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) was named the Top Nonprofit at Orange County’s Coast Magazine Community Awards. FWM was one of 48 finalists at the awards ceremony in 12 categories that included nonprofits, volunteers, health organizations, businesses, arts organizations, educational institutions, individuals and more. Schoendorfer said, “We are blessed and honored to be named Top Nonprofit is such an honor and we are thankful to be recognized as such.” www.freewheelchairmission.org
Free Wheelchair Mission has provided the gift of mobility to almost 800,000 individuals in the developing world since 2001 with a durable wheelchair designed especially for the rugged terrain found in many countries across the globe. Schoendorfer used his MIT education in engineering and professional experience in the biomedical field to create such an aid. Led by their Board of Directors and supported by a vast network of donors, advocates and volunteers, FWM’s vision is to provide 1.2 million wheelchairs by 2017. FWM provides an immediate, permanent change in the lives of each wheelchair recipient and their family.
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About Free Wheelchair Mission: Free Wheelchair Mission is a humanitarian, faith-based 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to “provide the transforming gift of mobility to the impoverished disabled in developing countries, as motivated by Jesus Christ.” Wheelchairs are distributed fully-assembled free of charge to recipients and are given regardless of race, gender, religion, or ethnicity. Since 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission has provided over 734,000 specially-made wheelchairs to individuals with disabilities in 91 countries around the world. They provide not only mobility, but share the gifts of dignity, independence and hope. www.freewheelchairmission.org