As part of its Week of Giving campaign, loanDepot will donate $50,000 to Free Wheelchair Mission. Free Wheelchair Mission brings the gift of mobility through inexpensive but life-changing wheelchairs to largely underserved areas of the world, where need is extremely great.
“Despite the challenges presented during and following the COVID pandemic, Free Wheelchair Mission continues to give the gifts of hope, dignity and independence to those living with disabilities,” said Dan Hanson, loanDepot’s executive director of distributed retail and a member of the Free Wheelchair Mission board of directors. “We are honored to support an organization that has the ability to completely transform the lives of those living with mobility challenges, and, as an extension, their families.”
“We are grateful for loanDepot’s ongoing support, generosity and commitment to our mission. There are an estimated 75 million people in the world who need a wheelchair but are unable able to get one,” explains Nuka Solomon, CEO of Free Wheelchair Mission. “There is great opportunity to change the lives of those living with disabilities with such a transformational gift.”
The donation will enable Free Wheelchair Mission to distribute more than 520 wheelchairs to individuals living with disabilities in developing countries around the world. Through donations, employee giving, and title sponsorships for over a decade, loanDepot's support has enabled the creation and distribution of more than 10,800 wheelchairs worldwide.
The $50,000 donation to Free Wheelchair Mission is the last of five made this week by loanDepot to support those who are most vulnerable during the holiday season in the communities where its employees live and work, and beyond. As part of its Week of Giving efforts, loanDepot also donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast, United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County, and War Heroes on Water and Freedom Alliance, for a total combined donation of $250,000.