Permobil Introduces Permobil Cares Foundation
- By Laurie Watanabe
- Mar 07, 2017
Permobil — manufacturer of complex power wheelchairs, ultralightweight manual wheelchairs and wheelchair seating systems — has launched Permobil Cares, a non-profit foundation.
In a March 1 news announcement, Permobil said, “As the philanthropic arm of Permobil, the Permobil Cares foundation believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their dreams without limitations. No person should be excluded from opportunity due to a disability. This is the heart of why Permobil Cares.”
Permobil Proceeds Will Benefit Non-Profit
Permobil launched its foundation last week at the International Seating Symposium in Nashville, just a short distance from Permobil’s North American headquarters in Lebanon, Tenn.
Permobil announced that starting March 1, it would make a contribution to the foundation for every Permobil power wheelchair, TiLite manual wheelchair and ROHO seating product it sells.
That money will be used to fund grants and to provide community support, college scholarships and equipment donations. Permobil Cares is working with a number of non-profit organizations in the mobility segment, including the ALS Association, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Christopher Reeve Foundation and the MS Society.
By visiting PermobilFoundation.org, people with mobility-related disabilities can request technology donations or ask the foundation to send volunteers to help with fundraising events. The foundation is also involved in community projects, such as building an accessible playground.
A “Work of Heart”
“Permobil’s founder, Per Uddén, built the company with one belief: that every person has the right to mobility and independence,” said Larry Jackson, president of Permobil North America. “That same belief is as strong today as it was on day one. With the help of the Permobil foundation, we hope that we can build impactful relationships with our customers and non-profit partners, helping to fulfill a life of independence.”
Ashley Davis, Permobil Cares’ executive director, said, “Working for Permobil, you see the passion that goes into building customized chairs that fit the customers’ needs. This is why our tagline, It’s a Work of Heart, is so fitting. Having a philanthropic arm of Permobil will allow us to create true partnerships with non-profit organizations and give back to individuals to help them reach their dreams.”
Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.