When you hear the words “spring break,” there are many things that come to mind. A group of students refurbishing wheelchairs is not usually one of them. But that’s exactly what a group of over thirty students from Arizona State University chose to do by spending a day of their spring break volunteering at UCP Wheels for Humanity! Part of a student organization called Changemaker Central, they decided to head to Los Angeles for spring break not to party in Hollywood, but to volunteer for nonprofits, including UCP Wheels. “I’m glad to see young adults doing this,” remarked UCP Wheels Volunteer Coordinator David Hernandez, who worked with the students throughout the day. “It’s not what you see on your typical spring break. It’s refreshing!”
The students spent their day at our North Hollywood warehouse learning about UCP Wheels’ mission, the importance of proper wheelchair seating for people with disabilities, and getting hands-on experience refurbishing wheelchairs that will go to people in need around the world. “Everything that goes into [refurbishing a wheelchair] is surprising,”sophomore Danielle Peller said. Echoed junior Kristi Thomas, “I definitely underestimated the work!”
Even though a lot of work goes into getting the wheelchairs UCP Wheels distributes up to industry standards, the students had a lot of fun. Remarks such as “this is awesome!” were overheard throughout the day, and the students said it was satisfying to know that the wheelchairs they were working on would go on to change people’s lives, including kids and young adults their own age. UCP Wheels was glad to host these remarkable students and their help was invaluable. We hope to see them again next year!
Are you a student interested in a fun, meaningful volunteer experience like the one the ASU students had? We love having students volunteer on their own or in groups large and small. Please give us a call at 818-255-0100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements!