Building leaders of tomorrow by serving people with disabilities today.
Push America will change the way society views both people with disabilities and fraternities.
Abilities, Teamwork, Empathy and Integrity
Who We Are:
Push America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves people with disabilities. Push America was founded in 1977 as the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity with the purpose of instilling lifelong service in its members and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities. Although the organization is still fulfilling the purpose for which it was intended, Push America has grown into a nationally recognized nonprofit with numerous programs educating undergraduates, alumni and communities about the abilities of people with disabilities.
Push America’s mission is, “Building leaders of tomorrow by serving people with disabilities today,” which has been fulfilled for more than 35 years. Although lives have been changed, Push America’s vision to “Change the way society views both people with disabilities and fraternities” remains unchanged.
Through programs of all kinds, participants display Push America’s four core values (abilities, teamwork, empathy and integrity) while serving others. Although the funds raised are invaluable, just as important is an increased awareness of the amazing things people with disabilities can do, as opposed to focusing on what they can’t.
What we do:
Over the course of Push America’s history, the way the organization achieves its mission has changed often without ever forgetting its roots. When it was founded, Push America was based on the construction of play units for children with disabilities. It was only a matter of years before construction was no longer the sole focal point of the organization.
Cycling was introduced 10 years into the organization’s history with Journey of Hope, a cross-country cycling event, followed by Gear Up Florida, a similar event across the state. With the addition of Build America a few years later, cycling and construction truly began working hand-in-hand to change the lives of people with disabilities.
Currently, Push America still utilizes construction and cycling as main vehicles for impact, but has also added Push America Challenge, an event not restricted to only members of Pi Kappa Phi focused on pushing the limits of human ability.
More than any one event, though, is the idea of service leadership. The goal of each and every Push America program is to give of one’s self in order to benefit people with disabilities, instilling a lifelong commitment to service.