Mobility Worldwide, TX-Austin

Reflecting the love of God by bringing the gift of mobility and dignity to those in developing countries who are unable to walk.

Our Mobility Cart (PET®) is a three-wheeled, off-road wheelchair, operated by hand power. Built by a faith-based, non-profit, volunteer organization, mobility carts are delivered at no cost to people in developing countries who have lost the use of their legs.

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Mobility Worldwide, TX-Austin

helps lift crawling people up out of the dirt.

$300.00 builds a Cart

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Amazon Smile all the time!!

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Remember to shop at AmazonSmile when you do your online shopping year round.  If you are not already registered, go to www.smile.amazon.com and log in just like you do with you regular Amazon account.  At the top of the page click on 'Supporting:'.  Search for 'Personal Energy Transportation of Austin'.  Every quarter PET-Austin get .05% of our supporters purchases from the AmazonSmile Foundation.

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Combined Federal Campaign

PET International is an authorized charity for the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is similar to the United Way in that all US Governmental employees (civilian and military, current or retired) can easily make contributions designated to specific charities or shared across all charities listed in the CFC. Please forward this news to your Federal Governmental friends and ask they consider designating PET International (CFC #38749) as one of their charities of choice.

 

Use AmazonSmile to also support PET-Austin

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support PET-Austin every time you shop.  When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to PET-Austin.  In fact, if you already have an account with Amazon, your login, password and everything else is the same.  The first time you go to smile.amazon.com you will be asked to select a 501.c.3.  Enter Personal Energy Transportation of Austin in the charity search window and our name will pop up in the list.  Select us and go from there.  Be sure to set smile.amazon.com as a favorite so it will be easy to get to every time you shop and help us build more PETs to deliver the Gift of Mobility.

Medical Bridges picks up 36 PETs

PET partner, Medical Bridges Houston, TX, picked up 36 PETs that will be included in their shipments of medical supplies going to missions around the world.  Hopefully this is the first of many future shipments with this partner.

Suen Oke Visits Austin this Fall
In 2005 Dr. Tina Slusher, Louisville, KY, brought Suen Oke (pronounced Shay-une O-key) from Nigeria to Louisville for special surgery. The surgery was successful, but Suen had polio, not curable. Tina asked for a PET for Suen and PET-MO supplied. Suen rode it into the airport and took it back to her village. Suen rode her PET all the way through highschool.

About 3 years ago a group of Baptists in Texas called and wanted to take new rear wheels to Suen. She was ready to go to college and the rear tires needing replacement.

This fall, PET-International is bringing Suen to the States to attend the PET Annual Conference and an International Disabilities Conference.  While she is here, she will tour the States visiting various Affiliate locations.  Texas has been selected for one of her stops. While here she will be visiting with the PET-Austin, PET-Brazos Valley and PET-San Antonio Affiliates.  She will base out of Austin while here and will participate in the Bethany UMC Mission focus weekend October 25 – 26.  The photos show Suen when she got her PET in 2005 and her in the rebuilt PET in 2013.  We are looking forward to her visit.  More information will be coming out in our future newsletters and here on our web site as it becomes available.

The RecognizeGood Say Thanks Austin Campaign

One of our volunteers, Tom Perkins, was one of the 2013 RecognizeGood Legends. The Legends program is a monthly award designed to recognize a community contributor, or Legend, who embodies the core beliefs of RecognizeGood through his or her extraordinary charitable actions. The monthly Legend may choose a registered nonprofit to receive a Pay-It-Forward donation through RecognizeGood. Tom chose PET-Austin and PET received a $1,000 donation in November.

Each January RecognizeGood has a "Say Thanks Austin" campaign to allow the community to express their gratitude by voting for Legends on the RecognizeGood website. The Legend with the most Say Thanks votes may again choose a nonprofit to receive his or her $10,000 Pay-It-Forward check. This year Tom placed third and PET-Austin received $1,500 as a result.

saythanksaustin01 Just as we did with the first $1,000 donation, the $1,500 check will go into our building fund for the new building that hopefully will be constructed toward the end of this year or early next year.

Thanks so much to everyone that voted for Tom and PET-Austin.

January/February Update

PET Austin is off to a great start for 2014.  Last year volunteer Tom Perkins was selected by RecognizeGood as an Austin Legend for his contributions of efforts and time committed to the community.  With that recognition Tom was able to select a charity to receive a $1,000 donation from RecognizeGood; Tom chose PET Austin.  Each January, RecognizeGood has a "Say Thanks Austin" campaign and all of the legends of the previous year campaign and receive votes of thank your from the community; in 2013 there were nine legends.  The legend with the most votes receives $10,000 for their designated charity.  Second place receives $2,500, third place receives $1,500 and the other legends all receive $500 tor their charities.  So in addition to building PETs, we spent a lot of January campaigning for Tom.  We will know the results on February 21 when the winners are announced at the RecognizeGood awards ceremony that will take place at Austin City Hall at 11:00.

On February 4, we shipped twenty PETs to  the Lion’s club in Del Rio, TX who then coordinated the delivery to the Acuna Host Lion’s Club in Acuna, Mexico.

We are currently putting together a thirty-six PET shipment that will go the Medical Bridges in Houston to be distributed in various medical shipments to mission organizations in many locations.

 

Be sure and be looking for our next newsletter that will be coming out this month.  If you are on our email list you will receive it by email, or you can always look under the News menu on our web page.  If we do not have your email address, send it to info@petaustin.org and request to be put on our mailing list.

A review of 2013

First off, I want to apologize for not getting updates out this past year.  I promise to do a better job in the future. Now I would like to start by reviewing what has gone on at PET Austin during 2013.

In 2013 seventy-one PETs were constructed.  Twenty of those PETs were sent to PET Rio Grande Valley to be distributed by the Lions Club in Mexico.  Twenty-seven PETs were sent to PET Brazos Valley to be included in their shipment to India.  We are currently preparing another shipment of twenty PETs to Rio Grande Valley. We are also planning a shipment of thirty-six PETs to Medical Bridges (a PET partner in Houston) to be included in their various shipments of medical supplies to missionaries around the world.

Our building campaign is going very well and we have raised $51,000+ of our $70,000 goal.  Bethany UMC included our building in their permit submitted to the city of Austin.  Once approved and we have our money in hand, we will begin moving forward with the construction of our new 3,000 sq. ft. home.

Also this year, Bethany UMC and PET Austin participated together in our fifth annual Lenten Challenge.  The membership at Bethany donated the funds and assisted in the assembly of forty PETs during the 2013 Lenten Season.  As always, the challenge was met and exceeded.  We are looking forward to the 2014 Challenge.

John Bosch Jr., founder and principle of the TyRex Group, Ltd., reached out to PET Austin to discuss a partnership.  Bosch had recently launched an intercompany bonding campaign called “2 Groups, 1 Family” within the iRex cable assembly and board design division, and believed that a community service project such as assembling PETs would provide the employees with a tangible experience in both volunteerism and team cooperation.  Details were discussed, a plan was put into place and TyRex agreed to an initial goal of assembling 10 PETs per month.

Today, the partnership between PET Austin and TyRex is strong and continues to grow stronger.  Sponsored by iRex’s “2 Groups, 1 Family” campaign, PET Austin has its own dedicated assembly and warehouse space, under the TyRex roof, where PETs are assembled and packed by TyRex business family volunteers.   TyRex employees have also found other ways to help out, from finding vendors and cutting material costs to assisting with PET Austin’s marketing efforts.

Finally we successfully launched our first newsletter in December.  To help keep our supporters informed, we are planning to issue a newsletter each quarter.  Be looking for future editions in February, May, August and November.  Those of you that received your newsletter in the mail and would like to receive it electronically, send your email address to info@petaustin.org to receive your newsletter electronically in the future.  For anyone that did not receive a copy of the December newsletter electronically or in the mail, please send your contact information to the same address and we will add you to the distribution list.

I would like to thank all of our supporters and volunteers that helped make 2013 a very successful year.

 

John Rudd

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"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

Matthew 25:40

Our Progress

PET Austin has delivered PETs to:

  1. Haiti
  2. Honduras
  3. Mexico
  4. Nicaragua
  5. Ukraine
  6. India
  7. Uganda
  8. Peru
  9. Nigeria

Help give the Gift of Mobility to someone in need!

Building and boxing PETs

Volunteers and donataions needed

Items Needed:

Clean soup can size cans

Shoebox size boxes

New Newsletter Link

New-Green Check out our new menu item "News".  There you will find news about our shop as well as the latest copy of the PET International Mini-Newsletter.