Numotion employees can be found changing lives in their local communities and around the world.
For three years, Numotion team members have rallied to benefit Guatemala’s underprivileged and orphan populations. Talks of a service trip started amongst leaders in February 2014, and has grown to be larger than anyone expected.
Early in 2015 more than 600 ATPs were divided into teams and given an ambiguous assignment: To build wheelchairs based on unique specifications provided. Teams had to “earn” various seating and positioning components through teamwork activities, then work together to assemble the chairs. At the end of the challenge, teams gathered to show off the 60 chairs they had built. Only then were they told the chairs were donations for Bethel Ministries International’s wheelchair distribution center in Chimaltenango, Guatemala.
In October 2015, six Numotion employees and three clinical partners delivered 140 chairs to people in need in Guatemala.
In 2016, Numotion employees were ready to fundraise, donate and deliver wheelchairs to Guatemala. But a last-minute hiccup made the trip more challenging – another volunteer group had to back out, leaving a funding shortage. CEO Mike Swinford stepped up to the plate, pledging to match all donations on a GoFundMe campaign.
By October, all necessary funds had been raised, and even surpassed goals, allowing for additional repairs to chairs abroad. Over 125 lives were changed by wheelchair delivery or repair. Eight volunteers from Numotion served on the trip.
2017 was no different. Nine Numotion team members and one manufacturer representative traveled to Guatemala in October. They delivered or provided service to an estimated 130 people. And this year Urology Account Manager Lesley Dally donated five boxes of various catheter supplies.
To date, an estimated 395 Guatemalan lives have been directly changed by this trip and 23 Numotion volunteers have traveled to Guatemala.
“It doesn’t surprise me that Numotion has employees volunteering to donate their time and resources to benefit individuals they’ve never met,” said Regional Vice President Ryan Hagy. “This is what our people are all about – caring for others and bringing mobility to people who need it.”