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Mobilize Mankind

Rating: 4.75 stars   4 reviews 289

Nonprofit Issues:

Environment, Health, International

Address:

1940 Charnelton Alley Eugene OR 97401 USA

Mission:

Mobilize Mankind's mission is to open the door of access to the world to physically challenged children, youth and adults by recycling used but otherwise completely good orthopedic equipment back into productive service.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer with Mobilize Mankind for more than 10 years. Besides the local work in Eugene, Oregon, I have traveled down to Baja seven times. I brought my daughter down with me several times as a child and as an adult, and she has been inspired by the work that she did down there. It was one of the experiences that influenced her decision to became a speech language pathologist. She now works in a public school district.
I have been involved in volunteer work throughout my life, but I have never had as much of an impact on people's lives as I have with this organization. The resources in Baja are so minimal and the need is great. Providing a wheelchair to a child with a disability, who would otherwise not have one, is critical to the health of the child and also to the families who do their best to rig up strollers and wagons to transport their children. The Mexican families are extremely grateful, welcoming and generous to us all. I have never felt such warmth and gratitude. My work with this organization has given me back as much as I have put into it. I have helped recruit dozens of volunteers and they all give me the same feedback. We have improved the lives of hundreds of children and we hope to continue this work indefinitely.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have been volunteering with Mobilize Mankind for more than a decade and I am as enthusiastic today as I was in the beginning! Mobilize Mankind's "target population" is children with disabilities in Baja Sur, Mexico. The organization collects donated equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers, from various agencies, businesses and individuals in the US and transports it to warehouses in southern Baja. Greg and Gayle Edwards, the directors of Mobilize Mankind, travel to various communities in the region, meeting children and their families. They then adjust and "remake" equipment to fit the specific needs of each child, fitting the wheelchair or other equipment using their expertise and experience. During spring break each year a group of volunteers from the US arrive, to assist with the equipment clinics. Additionally, we volunteer at various schools for children with disabilities, providing support, education and sharing ideas from our experiences in US schools. I am a physical therapist. Volunteers also include special education teachers, assistive technology specialists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, etc. The organization is all about collaboration, with families, the local schools, government organizations and businesses.

When Hurrican Odile hit the Region last September, Mobilize Mankind mobilized! Despite the fact that their warehouse was damaged, they focused all their efforts on assisting families in need. This included rebuilding a home for a family who have a child with a disability. The organization is all HEART!

Volunteering for Mobilize Mankind has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I give it 5 stars!

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Rating: 4 stars  

Mobilize Mankind (MM) is an organization dedicated to empowering children with disabilities in Baja Mexico, along with their families, teachers and communities. The directors, Greg and Gayle Edwards, moved to Baja in order to dedicate their lives to the the mission and work of MM. I am a Board member and have made several trips to Baja, Mexico to volunteer, for one week at a time. These experiences have been very fulfilling for me, personally and professionally (I am a pediatric physical therapist). Additionally, I've had the opportunity to see, first hand, the direct, real and permanent change this organization has made in the lives of children with disabilities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

For anyone interested in contributing time or financial support to an organization that is grassroots and powered by passion, you've found it. Primarily staffed by volunteers, Mobilize has provided countless children with mobility, access to education, and many other opportunities to engage in their communities. Greg and Gayle have a bottomless reserve of compassion and energy and have an incredible ability to build relationships in the community to help children gain access to the world. Baja is a beautiful place with beautiful people who are grateful for the services that Mobilize has been able to provide. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I was looking for an opportunity to donate my services in exchange for some interesting life experiences--and, wow did I get my investment's worth! My time as a volunteer with Mobilize has enriched my life far beyond anything I could ever have hoped to impart. THANK YOU MOBILIZE!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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