PET Missouri Columbia Inc A Missouri Nonprofit Corp

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Human Services, International

Location: 1908 Heriford Rd Columbia MO 65202 USA

Mission: Build mobility devices for the leg-handicapped to travel in rough, rural areas where a conventional wheelchair won't work or last.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered with this organization for 9 years. Using my past work experience I have helped procure parts needed for the assembly of these devices. I also helped with laying out the work spaces for making the devices when the assembly operation moved to a larger building in 2007. I have been to Guatemala twice to help with the distribution of the PET devices and I have seen first hand the difference they make in the life of the recipient and their caregivers. Children can now attend school, adults can find a job, and people who h

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering at PET has given me a lot of personal satisfaction. I know that what I do makes a difference in the lives of others. I have also seen the difference that it makes in other volunteers lives - it gives them a sense of purpose. A number of the volunteers are retirees and it enables them to use their skills to help others.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage them to educate as many people as possible about the need. Many people in the U.S. do not realize that people in other countries do not have access to wheelchairs and do not have a way to get around. I'd like to see PET educate more people about the need.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through a speaker at the church I attend.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Raising funds to get back to maximum building capacity. The tough economic environment has been tough on donations.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To help as many people as possible in developing nations gain mobility.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered with this non-profit for 11 years. They have grown and stayed true to their mission of providing mobility especially to those most in need of a rugged device in rough, rural areas. They are almost entirely operated by volunteers and their overhead costs are at only 10%. They not only provide a specific need of mobility, but they also offer a great opportunity for retirees to share their skills at welding, metal working and woodworking. And many others help with assembly, boxing, loading, office work, etc. PET MO-Columbia keeps in regular communication with their volunteers, donors, vendors, and distribution partners.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I attended a dinner in 2010 where missionaries reported on the distribution of the PET mobility devices in Chad, Africa.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

want them to have more volunteers to spend time on presentations or finding new funding sources to build more PET devices.

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Good to help an org that is trying to help those that no one else is.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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