This local organization believes that caring for others is a top priority.
Wheelchairs, walkers and crutches are an incredible help to those who need them. But Embraced, a local nonprofit founded in 2008, knows that too often, people go without the equipment they need for mobility. Founder Lauren O’Brien says, “I saw a need when I was interning in both a for profit and nonprofit heath clinic. On the for profit side, people were asking the doctor, ‘What do I do with these crutches since I am finished with them?’ On the nonprofit side, people needed this medical equipment and often went without it.”
After seeing this need, O’Brien wanted to meet it. Since founding Embraced, she and the organization have helped almost 5,000 people – both in Atlanta and globally – attain the medical equipment they need for mobility. Recipients are “beyond grateful and relieved,” O’Brien says, when they finally become mobile. “It impacts them on so many levels. When mobility is compromised, it leaves someone feeling vulnerable. Combine that with the fact that they don’t have the funds to get equipment to help them, and you can imagine what they are faced with. Embraced solves a huge problem for them.”
Embraced relies on donations, accepting everything from wheelchairs, canes, crutches and braces to prosthetic limbs. Donations are left in 61 collection bins at offices such as Resurgens Orthopaedics, Peachtree Orthopaedics and many more around Atlanta. If you have any equipment to donate, simply visit their website to find the drop off bin nearest you.
Supporters of Embraced can also “adopt” a bin, which simply means picking up a designated bin each month and delivering it to the Embraced facility. “This is very helpful, and we really need more Atlantans to adopt a bin,” O’Brien says. You can also join in at monthly “Saturday Sort Day” events, which happens on January 10 this month. “Volunteers come and help us to sort, barcode and inventory all of the medical equipment that has been collected that month. The more the merrier!” Your efforts will help restore mobility to people from Atlanta all the way to Haiti, Kenya and beyond. To learn more, visit embracedatlanta.com.