Global Links

Rating: 4.95 stars   300 reviews

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Location: 700 Trumbull Dr. Pittsburgh PA 15205 USA

Mission: Global Links is a medical relief and development organization dedicated to supporting health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities and promoting environmental stewardship in the US healthcare system. Global Links’ collaborative efforts include: -Redirecting still-useful materials away from US landfills to support public health programs in targeted communities throughout the Western Hemisphere -Sharing expertise and technical knowledge with international and domestic partners -Educating partners, volunteers, and the community on issues of global health and environmental stewardship
Results: Since 1989 Global Links has provided 100 countries with materials worth more than $186 million.
Target demographics: Global Links collaborates with officials, administrators and community leaders to ensure our programs support the work of skilled healthcare professionals and help improve the quality of care for their patients. We work with hospital staff in Western Pennsylvania and beyond to develop sustainable practices for surplus collection and recovery.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of patients who have access to higher quality medical care as a result of Global Links' strategic partnerships. 50+ healthcare facilities in the US with whom we partner to achieve more environmentally responsible operations.
Geographic areas served: Global Links supports health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities, primarily in the Western Hemisphere. Global Links collaborates with US healthcare institutions and the community to recover hundreds of tons of high-quality surplus medical materials every year that would otherwise be sent to landfills.
Programs: Global Links’ International Medical Aid Program partners with public health authorities to strengthen health systems for measurable impact in the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Our Community Partners Program supports fellow nonprofit organizations in the US that benefit from our materials and experience. Our Environmental Stewardship in Healthcare Program educates a compassionate network of healthcare professionals who work to share surplus with colleagues in resource-poor communities and provides a socially and environmentally responsible alternative to sending still-useful surplus materials to landfills.
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Rating: 5 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

Congratulations to Global Links,the role model for other organizations who wish to become expects in the areas of medical equipment procurement and distibution that saves lives while protecting the environment. I have volunteered in under-resourced countries as an OB/Gyn physician and have witnessed lives saved with sutures,gloves and medical equipment donated by Global Links. Children and adults breath easier with donated nebulizers that have made the difference between life and death. Twenty years of service to both local and global communities have been the unwavering committment of the Global Links management, staff and volunteers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Latin American countries and Swaziland in many hospitals and clinics.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

promote current programs that continue to be overwhelmingly productive.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the positive energy of the volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

assets to an organization that represents service without compromise.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

increase the number of clients served, help other non-profits develop and implement like services that are efficiently run and maintain a focus that preserves the environment for future generations.

Ways to make it better...

If I had involved Global Links in many of my earlier missions

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the degree of global need.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Global Links has been practicing "the greening of American" as well as other countries for twenty years.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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22 people found this review helpful

As a Pediatrician with over 35 years of experience, I have worked with many volunteer organizations. I have watched one such organization, Global Links grow from a tiny organization 20 years ago collecting outdated surgical sutures working out of a warehouse office to send to the Medically needy to the outstanding, well run, truly non-profit organization that it is today! Without doubt it has become one of the most successful organization of it's kind, helping many thousands of Medically needy providing tons of medical supplies that otherwise would have ended up in landfills. Although their primary mission is to help the needy and save lives (Global Links has helped to save many) the environmental benefits are significant. By keeping tons of used and expired medical equipment out of landfills and placing them where they can do the most good Global Links has provided both improved health for those in need while improving the environment at the same time. And you know what? They are still working out of a warehouse office! I believe Global Links is the best of the best doing outstanding work for the world's Medically under-served while helping to improve the environment. Louis A. DiNicola, MD FAAP

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reading about all the areas they have provided services throughout Central America.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change a thing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are truly NON profit, working on almost 100% volunteers, working out of a warehouse

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, knowledgeable, dedicated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reduce the loss of life from childbirth in Haiti

Ways to make it better...

I actually went with them to help

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The financial stress the world is in now.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish more volunteer organizations were like Global Links

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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24 people found this review helpful

For the past 9 years I have been privileged to be not only a volunteer at Global Links, but also to witness first hand the impact that Global Links has on the recipients of the medical supplies they provide. I am a member of a group which supports an orphanage and a clinic and hospital in Guatemala that provides medical care to the impoverished Mayan people. Our group has volunteered at Global Links for 9 years, always impressed with the dedication and passion of the staff. During this time, we have traveled annually to Patzun, Guatemala, transporting much needed medical supplies from Global Links to the clinic and hospital, and then have helped with medical and dental care of the indigenous people, especially those in remote villages with no access to medical care. Their gratitude was overwhelming, but without Global Links' help we would not have been able to do this. Saving lives with what would otherwise be landfill is the ultimate 'green' organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the mission trips to Guatemala I make every year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

publicize the work they do in more venues.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I can contribute in a small way to the wonderful work they do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, dedicated, professional people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to other cities and other impoverished countries.

Ways to make it better...

I had the time to volunteer more often.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the need for increased funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Many thanks to all of the fantastic people who make this organization so effective in saving lives through saved supplies.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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23 people found this review helpful

I worked at Global Links prior to attending veterinary school. I started as a volunteer and then was an employee. As an employee, I was in charge of procurement from local hospitals and medical organizations. I was impressed with every level of this organization. As a volunteer and an employee, I was inspired to not only decrease medical waste in the United States but to have an awareness of and desire to help those in need in developing countries. The spirit of global links lives on in me and always will. It's a wonderful organization with leaders who live the mission. In a recent trip to Mexico to work on a spay/neuter project, I thought about how my experience at global links opened my eyes to the various ways we can all give.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hospitals in Nicaragua and Guatemala.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning about new places and working with Kathleen Hower.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

inspiring!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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16 people found this review helpful

I have been a Board member since 1991. I contunue to be touched by the many lives taht are save or improved through Global's efforts and impresses with management's ability do do so much with so little.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The results at the medical centers in the receiving countries.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the impact taht a small effort can have on so many lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, diligent and compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Could do so much more to improve health care in some of the poorest areas of the world wothout generating excessive waste.

Ways to make it better...

I put more time in it.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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23 people found this review helpful

Wonderful company that deserves accolades for their efforts. Very organized and professional. I would recommend their program to everyone possible. Great job Global Links!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visiting all of their local facilities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep it the way it is.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling that someone less fortunate somewhere is being helped.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the lives of people in developing countries.

Ways to make it better...

Keep it the way it is.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting the word out about what they do.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Lets help them help others!

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2009-3-01

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17 people found this review helpful

Global Links has continuously donated supplies to help the women in our program. We have received large amounts of baby formula and feminine hygiene products. Global Links has been very generous and consistent with these donations. The contribution to our organization helps provide necessities to the women of HEARTH who are trying to get back on their feet. HEARTH is a transitional housing agency for homeless women with children. the participants are required to enroll in some type of post secondary education. As the women complete their education and raise their families, it can become overwhelming. The supplies Global Links donates to HEARTH goes directly to the women and helps lessen their burden tremendously! Thanks Global Links!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how much they have helped our program consistently. We have received donations from Global Links on a very regular basis.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep up the good work!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how wonderful and helpful everyone is. They are always very accommadating to my schedule for pick ups and are alwasy ready in a timely fashion.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful. I typically know what I am am to pick up before I head there, however there are always various items that are added in with the larger donation. Each little bit helps our program.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world!

Ways to make it better...

i have had nothing but pleasurable experiences in working with Global Links.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

awareness. I had never heard of Global Links until my employment with HEARTH.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2009-3-01

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17 people found this review helpful

This is truly one of the greatest nonprofits I have ever worked with. The duel mission of sharing medial surplus in a meaningful, responsible manner in oder to save lives was innovative 20 years ago when Global Links first started and remains at the cutting edge today. What this organization does is nothing short of miraculous, and every volunteer, donor, recipient, employee and board member knows that they are part of that miracle.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the impact the donations have made in the delivery of health care in other countries and the utmost respect the recipients have for Global Links.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it more publicity.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the quiet passion that is shared by everyone and the feeling of community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, caring, totally dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world by expanding the number of health systems from which it recovers surplus, increase its programs into other countries and develop new ways to further its mission

Ways to make it better...

I could spend more time helping.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding. They do an amazing job with so little.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Global Links should be recognized as a superior non-profit. If funding could be steadily and reliably increased, Global Links could help work with more health systems here and abroad.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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18 people found this review helpful

I have been a donor to Global Links for many years, both directly and through United Way. Why? It's simple. This organization demonstrates how the commitment and drive of a few can help so many. Gathering surplus, usable, medical supplies, equipment, etc. that would otherwise be wasted; then economically sorting, evaluating, repairing, packing and shipping them to where they are most wanted and needed. It creates extremely positive energy emanating from the small, but mighty staff, the volunteers, the donor and recipient medical communities, and ultimately the individuals whose lives are bettered from the efforts. What a great force for good!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

testimonials from the recipients about the quality and quantity of what is provided.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to take advantage of every opportunity to enlist assistance and promote the organization's mission.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the knowledge that every dollar and every effort is maximized to do the most good for the people who are in need.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, knowledgeable, friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

successfully operationalize and expand its reach.

Ways to make it better...

I was local and could volunteer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Limited resources.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you, GlobalLinks, for all you do.

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2009-3-01

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17 people found this review helpful

I first connected with Global Links years ago since I was so impressed with their mission and vision about improving people's lives as well as helping with a huge environmental problem. The dedication of GL staff is impressive and the consistency of their work is clearly shown in the amount of shipments they make. The partnerships they cultivate in vulnerable communities in Latin American are long-lasting and beneficial for all - both abroad and here in the United States.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the consistent number of shipments it makes. Moreover, I have seen the results of GL in the long-term partnerships it forms and supports throughout Latin America. This consistent support helps the partners in each country become stronger and offer more organized, efficient health services to the populations that need it most.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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