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 30 years. Although lives have been changed, Push America’s vision to “Change the way society views 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.