9 years after our humble beginnings, Caps Of Love charity has been forced to make a major change in the charity direction in order to sustain our organization.
As of June 2017 Caps Of Love has provided 70 free wheelchairs and recycled over 193 TONS of polypropylene and polyethylene caps and lids.
Thousands of adults and children across the entire USA have learned very valuable environmental lessons in learning to identify their recycling, humanitarian lessons in giving back in their communities to those in great need, and empowerment of making a change in the lives of others through their own actions.
As you probably know, plastic is a petroleum product. Due to the very low petroleum market in recent years, the recycling of polypropylene #5, and polyethylene #2 and #4 are only bringing in about 10 cents a pound. When the market was at its peak several years ago, we were receiving 26-28 cents a pound! At this very low value it is no longer viable for us to recycle the polypropylene and polyethylenes at the local level. The price of petroleum is not expected to regain it's former value in the near future. This ends the sadly unsuccessful search for a donated warehouse, the Home Depot donated boxes ($4.50 each!), pallets, stretch wrap and tape, and endless man-hours from local volunteers processing the plastic for recycling in Tampa.
There will be NO CHANGE to the Non-Local Participation program that is successful across the USA bringing in funds from recycling companies making monetary donations to Caps Of Love in exchange for polypropylene and polyetheylene caps and lids.
If you would like to know more about the Non-Local Participation instructions and receive the necessary legal documents to share with your local recycling facility, please email me at CapsOfLoveUSA@gmail.com BEFORE you begin.
We will continue the humanitarian aspect of Caps Of Love by providing free wheelchairs to handicapped children in the USA. To do so, we need to focus our energy and attention to seeking grants and tax deductible monetary donations from our communities to fund the purchase of new wheelchairs, funding repairs and accessories, as well as refurbishing donated wheelchairs so they can be given to children in need. We have nearly 30 wheelchairs in stock now with about 15 ready to be given away at any time. This number is increasing as our charity continues to grow across the country. We will be actively contacting children's hospitals, clinics, pediatric physical therapists, etc to find more children in need of our services.
Public wheelchair presentation invitations (depending on parental consent) will be posted on the Caps Of Love facebook page in advance when possible.
We will also continue to educate the public on the importance of recycling knowledge and involvement in our communities.
To clarify the futility of continuing the local recycling I would like to present the following example:
Our latest shipment for recycling was a 53' semi-trailer filled with 14 tons or 28,000 pounds of sorted plastic. The shipping was paid for by the recycling facility saving us about $1,000 in freight charges.
At 10 cents a pound, this equals $2,800 for 14 TONS. It requires 416 heavy duty boxes donated by Home Depot District 154 at $4.50 each for a total of a massive donation of $1,872. This does not even take into account the thousands of hours our participants spent diligently learning to identify and separate the three different grades of plastic we were recycling.
I look forward to great things as we venture stronger into the humanitarian phase of Caps Of Love.
I encourage you to support us with your tax deductible monetary donations to Caps Of Love by using the "Donate Now" button found on the Caps Of Love website and spreading the word so we can change the lives of the children who need us most!
Thank you for all of your support,
Valerie Mathieu 7-1-17
Beginning in 2008, Valerie Mathieu began her mission to educate the public on the values of recycling correctly. Because plastic caps are very seldom accepted for recycling but do have value in bulk, she saw this as an oportunity to raise money this way. Seeing the great need in our communities for mobility equipement for special needs children, Caps Of Love was founded and became incorporated in February 2013. Non-profit 501(c)3 status was established and was effective to February 2013.
Caps Of Love is an American organization based near West Palm Beach, Florida. We are dedicated to public education on the correct recycling procedures.
All the proceeds from the recycling go to provide wheelchairs for uninsured, needy, or fianancially disadvantaged handicapped children in the USA up to the age of 21.
When we received our non-profit status, we began to be the recipients of donated wheelchairs as they are considered as tax-deductible donations. We use the proceeds from the recycling to purchase new wheelchairs as well as refurbish and recertify the donated equipment. We have even purchased accessories or modifications for children's own wheelchairs needing our financial assistance.
In fall of 2014 Caps Of Love gave away the first 4 wheelchairs to handicapped children in Palm Beach County. As Of June 2017, we have now given away 70 wheelchairs with many more to come. Photos and videos of the wheelchair presentations, media coverage, and many charity events are updated every week on the Caps Of Love facebook page, Twitter as @CapsOfLoveUSA, or Instagram as CapLady.
In June 2017 we had to adapt our charity mission due to the low petroleum market making it no longer viable to recycle caps. We will continue to provide the free wheelchairs to any handicapped child in the USA and encourage recycling in our communities.
This charity is not for profit and is 100% supported by volunteers and donations.
We are dedicated to increasing recycling awareness nationwide. We encourage people to participate in this environmental and humanitarian opportunity. We offer coaching at our facility as well as off-site at schools, organizations, churches, clubs, and businesses as scheduling permits.
Email Valerie Mathieu at CapsOfLoveUSA@gmail.com to request group education through speaking engagements and powerpoint presentations. Donations are appreciated.
Caps Of Love is incorporated, IRS tax ID#46-5605705, a registered 501C3 tax exempt charity, and licensed in the State of Florida #CH43737 .