In recent years, sites like GoFundMe have helped raise individuals and organizations millions of dollars for charitable causes. In addition to starting an online fundraising site, here are a few ideas that can help you raise money for an accessible van:
In 2007, Shelly Loose was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Michigan, and competed in the national Ms. Wheelchair America pageant where her life was changed forever. Shelly went into the pageant with her mind set on winning, and even though she didn’t leave with the crown, she did meet contestants who became some of her best friends. A decade later, Shelly is the President of Ms. Wheelchair America and she is working towards expanding the pageant to include representatives from all 50 states.
In addition to being President of Ms. Wheelchair America, Shelly is also the state coordinator for Michigan. There are currently 28 states in the US that have annual pageants, but that doesn’t rule out anyone from the remaining states from competing. Independent delegates are able to write an essay explaining their platform for states that do not have an official pageant. The national board reads these submissions and crowns one of the girls as Ms. Wheelchair for their state, and they are invited to participate in the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant. The independent delegate that is selected becomes the state coordinator for the next year and is in charge of organizing and coordinating their state’s pageant moving forward.
A little over a year ago Eliza McIntosh was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2017. Since that time, she has gotten married, visited 21 states and two countries to advocate on behalf of the wheelchair community, and will be graduating this spring with a degree in Political Science from the University of Utah!
Eliza was surprised when her name was announced as winner of Ms. Wheelchair America 2017, because she knew there were so many other deserving contestants. As the second youngest winner since the pageant was founded, she ran into a challenge by winning. She was still enrolled at college and due to her scholarships restrictions had to remain in school. Fortunately, The University of Utah deemed Eliza’s new role as an internship so she was able to remain a student.
Going on now through November 25th, any accessible vehicle purchase from MobilityWorks will include 5 years of ProtectionWorks emergency roadside assistance at no additional cost. This $599 retail value includes towing, emergency ramp or lift repair, wheelchair passenger transportation and much more!
With MobilityWorks, you’re never alone. ProtectionWorks roadside assistance is always nearby with towing and wheelchair accessible transportation. You’re covered by 35,000 tow providers and transport operators throughout North America. Program coverage includes towing assistance (up to 100 miles), wheelchair passenger transport (up to 25 miles), battery service, lost key/locked-out assistance, winching/vehicle extraction, wheelchair lift and ramp service, and wheelchair or scooter assistance.