NetworkerOnWheels.com Strives to Connect the Community
Editor’s Note: NetworkerOnWheels.com is an online resource where people can network with one another as well as find information on various businesses and non-profit organizations that are working to give back to the communities they serve. Wheel:Life writer Monica Manley sat down with Jerry O’Brien, founder and CEO of NetworkerOnWheels.com, to share his perspective on why our community needs the resource he created.
NetworkerOnWheels.com [NOW] strives to change the way people with disabilities think and find information. Less than 9 months since launching, this resource is already beginning to change the way people find and receive helpful information online.
Founder Jerry O’Brien of Montrose, CA, grew up in a poor working class family with nine siblings of every kind, step, half, and full. For a short period, he was homeless in Niagara Falls, NY, before moving to a much warmer Southern California. He was injured while moving furniture on the job and had several back surgeries. All did not go as planned and although capable of a few steps at a time with a walker, he spends most of his time today using a wheelchair.
Created with Advocacy and Community in Mind
Beyond his work in this space, Jerry also focuses on advocating for the disabled, which is reflected through his participation as advisor for the Ms. Wheelchair California Organization, work on advisory committees to improve ADA accessibility at Glendale Community College and through the nonprofits featured on the NOW website.
“The general public does not seem to know about disabled people becoming more active,” said O’Brien. “We need to change how people view this.”
Jerry’s desire to give back to the community that he is now part of is what helped form his vision and goals for this new web resource. The NetworkerOnWheels website centers on giving back to the disability community, by inspiring and uplifting individuals who have physical challenges.
NetworkerOnWheels.com also aims to work with businesses who do things that better the community, or who provide financial support to people who have disabilities. Nearly 50 businesses and non-profits are currently featured on NetworkerOnWheels.com, and more are joining the website every day.
If these are the types of businesses you too would like to support, then this is the site for you.
When a new business joins the site, NetworkerOnWheels.com provides a company description and business link that takes site visitors to the participating organization’s website. Visitors can also view a community calendar to find a list of upcoming events happening in their area, hosted by the participating organizations.
Doing Right By Doing Good
Mobility Works is an example of a business that makes good use of the services provided by NetworkerOnWheels.com. Mobility Works provides new and used accessible vans for personal use. But, what makes this business worthy of NetworkerOnWheels.com is their civic-minded heart. Mobility Works hosts many events in their geographic reach that allows people with disabilities to get together on a regular basis, including free movie nights that are family fun events.
Going forward, NetworkerOnWheels.com hopes to bring a positive change to the world, and become a global resource center that provides detailed information on community events hosted by local businesses.
“Some people ask me if the website is just for disabled people,” Jerry says. “I believe the abled and the disabled can be united for community change. One cannot be without the other.”
For a list of all the businesses and non-profits that are featured on NetworkerOnWheels.com, go to http://www.networkeronwheels.com/business-networking/
For more information or to contact NetworkerOnWheels.com, visit their website at http://www.networkeronwheels.com/.