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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: Push International works to provide sustainable, mobile, communities for people with disabilities in need in Mexico. Push International collects new and used mobility and therapy equipment in the USA, refurbishes, redistributes and personally adjusts each and every piece of equipment to benefit people who do not have access to these services. Push shares a campus in Mazatlan, Mexico with Padres y Compadres. Together we have a wheelchair repair and refurbishing shop staffed all year round to provide sustainable services, adjustments and maintenance to the equipment we deliver.

Results: Over the last 5 years, Push International has welcomed over 24 teams of volunteers from the USA, Canada and Guam to our facility in Mexico. Together we have distributed over 2,000 pieces of mobility equipment to people with disabilities in need. We have employed people with disabilities, provided countless therapy interventions and home programs, modified people's homes to increase wheelchair accessibility and much much more!

Target demographics: We serve poverty stricken individuals and families with disabilities who are living in or around Mazatlan, Mexico. We recycle donated mobility equipment from the USA and donate it to people in Mexico who can not afford the equipment that they so desperately need.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300+

Geographic areas served: Mazatlan, Mexico and surrounding areas.

Programs: Hippotherapy, Hydrotherapy, Job skills training, wheelchair and mobility skills and Kineseotaping. Further training in Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Sensory Integration, Feeding Therapies and more are taking place everyday in Mexico.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Push International offers so much to the people of Mazatlan! They work with locals to specifically meet the needs of the many families they help. My experience there left such an impact on my life and I only hope that I left an impact on the hearts of the beautiful people of Mazatlan. Being a Physical Therapy program, my time in Mexico will also impact my future professional decisions. It is a wonderful organization and I know my time with them is not over.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Push International brings to Mexico, an experience in learning. Not only for the local people, but for the students who give there time. Push helps students and disabled adults and children get together, for a positive, interactive experience. Bringing mobility and smiles to everyone involved.

1 Sarah119

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does a wonderful service to the local community in Mazatlan, Mexico. Through providing mobility devices to those in need, people are able to participate in their communities and decrease the amount of care they may need. Additionally this organization provides ongoing supports for people who access this service to make sure that their mobility device is continuing to meet their needs. They have built a strong relationship with community members and have become a place of hope for those in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I loved the experience. The people we met were so nice. The most memorable moment for me was when I helped seat a man who had been lying in bed for a whole year. He was so happy and so was his mom who was crying with happiness. Push International helps change people's lives. They give people opportunities to be independent and live fruitful lives. We hope to go back and volunteer again. Push International is an excellent organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so glad I went on the trip to Mazatlan with Push International! During the trip, we were able to distribute mobility equipment and enhance the therapy services at Padres y Compadres. I had an amazing cultural experience, I learned so much about occupational therapy, and I gained more confidence in my abilities by getting hands-on practice and instruction. It was great to be part of such an amazing organization that really helps the local people and allows personal growth at the same time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was part of the 28th team to travel to Mexico and distribute wheelchairs. During my time there it was obvious that Push International has been embraced by the community and been able to make a tremendous impact on the individuals it serves. During wheelchair distributions there was one young girl who we fitted for a new wheelchair that had an amazing smile. She was there to receive her second chair because she had outgrown her first one, which she had received a few years before. I will never forget the moment that the founder of Push, Bree, realized she had given this young girl her first wheelchair a few years before, saying she could never forget that smile. It was very touching experiences that brought tears to many eyes to be able to see and hear how Push International had made a difference in this young girl's life. This volunteer experience was the best I have had and I am returning again next year.

Tara C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful people and warm atmosphere at Padres y Compadres. I loved the entire experience, from the cultural aspects of the locals and town to the wheelchair distributions and treatment we provided. Overall, it was an amazing trip. I'm going back next year to help again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went down to Mexico through PUSH International without knowing what to expect and left pleasantly surprised. This trip was a great mix of experiencing the culture as well as providing service to the community. I learned so much from the people we helped. Looking forward to going back again!!

Devon G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Push International is an organization that provides wheelchairs for people lacking mobility in their community. This trip took us to Mazatlan, Mexico where we fitted over 80 wheelchairs to specific people and left 120+ chairs to be given out at later dates. These donated chairs are provided by the generous donors to Push International - mostly in the states. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to go on the trip, experience the local culture, gain a better understanding of the trials and strengths of the local people, and develop a fire/need to go back.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am in my second year of Occupational Therapy school and this was my second trip to Padres y Compadres with Push International. The experiences I encountered, as well as the relationships and bonds that have been created will stay with me forever. The trip has changed my life. I have learned so much from the leaders of Push and was able to gain hands on experience with the children at PyC and those receiving equipment on distribution days, which is something we don’t get enough of in our coursework.

On the trip, we were given the opportunity to go on a home visit, play and provide therapy for the children at Padres y Compadres, explore with children in the vestibular and sensory rooms, observe hippotherapy, as well as observe and participate in feeding and positioning clinics. In the afternoons, we collaborated in teams of 2-3 to distribute wheelchairs and other equipment. We started at distribution #903 and were able to make it to 1,000 by the end of the week. It was an honor to be a part of the team to reach 1,000 donations for Push International, what an amazing moment! We worked hard all week, and it was remarkable to be able to top it off with such a milestone for Push.

After my first trip, I remembered the feeling of accomplishment after hours of hard work on a wheelchair, but forgot how it truly felt as we placed a person in THEIR new chair for the first time. This year, it wasn’t just about fixing or finding suitable equipment (although it was a huge part), it was about the connections made through laughter, smiles, tears and stories shared with the families and individuals that I will remember the most. I enjoyed serving the families and providing them with a whole new life. I loved being a part of the experience as someone received a chair or other equipment for the first time and was amazed by the gratitude and bond that was created during these experiences. The trip has changed my outlook on life, as well as the person and therapist I want to be.

The main goal for going to Mazatlan was to help those in need and provide them with adequate equipment to interact with their community and the world. I soon found out that the trip was actually changing me and providing me with a different outlook on therapy and the therapeutic use of self to make a difference in someone’s life. I hope I have impacted those in Mazatlan as much as they have impacted me.

I had an unforgettable week. I am so grateful to have shared this experience with truly amazing people. I want to thank all those with Push International, the Felton Foundation, the translators, everyone at Padres y Compadres, and the rest of Team 20 for such an incredible trip!

Jessica Foust

“Often we set out to make a difference in the lives of others only to discover we have made a difference in our own.” - Ellie Braun-Haley