With the cost of medical bills, daily care, and handicap equipment racking up on your credit card, it’s hard to think about the additional cost of a wheelchair van. While they are expensive, accessible vans give physically challenged residents greatly increased freedom and mobility, allowing you to go about daily living while maintaining independence.
You may be surprised how willing your loved ones are to pitch in and raise money to help you purchase a van. When push comes to shove, fundraisers are a great way to help you saddle the cost of a wheelchair van. Here’s what you’ll need to do to get started:
Before you resort to a fundraiser, first check-in with the nonprofits dedicated to your specific disability, such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association or the National Spinal Cord Injury Association. Also, contact government organizations that aid the disabled to see what resources they may have available. These organizations may be willing to help you fund the purchase.
Organizing an event can be stressful so make sure you have these key components:
- A leader: You need someone who can be the point of contact for sponsors and donors and can help you with the planning.
- A goal: Set a realistic monetary goal based on the cost of the van you would like to purchase. Showing donors pictures of the van model will help them understand your goal and get them excited about helping you achieve it.
- A Target Audience: Develop a guest list of people in the community (individuals and businesses) that you think would be able to donate.
- Location and equipment: Depending on what type of event you choose to host, make sure you have an accessible local and the necessary equipment. For example, if you choose to have a pancake dinner, you’ll need cooking equipment, ingredients, utensils etc.
- Marketing: There are many ways to advertise your event ranging from posters and fliers to email and social media.
No matter how much money you raise, you will probably be overwhelmed outpouring of support from family and friends. Don’t be daunted by a price tag. There are always methods to achieving the mobility and independence you need.