Individuals can donate wheelchairs to a nonprofit organization, such as Alternatives in Motion, which distributes them to people in need. Many organizations accept wheelchair donations and distribute them to needy individuals, health care facilities, community groups or developing nations.
Alternatives in Motion specializes in providing wheelchairs to uninsured individuals. American Mobility Outreach accepts donations of motorized wheelchairs and scooters to refurbish and distribute to those in need. Other organizations that collect, repair and distribute wheelchairs to needy individuals in the United States include Chariots of Hope, Joni and Friends, LifeNets and the Wheelchair Recycling Program.
Several organizations accept wheelchair donations and distribute them internationally to benefit developing countries as well. These organizations include Hope Haven International, Medshare and Mobility International USA. Regional organizations that accept wheelchair donations include the Kansas Equipment Exchange; Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, which provides wheelchairs to disabled individuals in Atlanta, Ga.; and Mobility Unlimited, which provides wheelchairs to needy adults in Oregon.
Other organizations specialize in donations of wheelchairs specifically for children, including The Kids Equipment Network and the Special Kids Fund. These organizations accept donated, used wheelchairs and refurbish them for the use of special needs children with disabilities whose families are unable to afford mobility equipment.