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April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

Of course GlobalLinks fundamental mission is the epitome of a green nonprofit. I'm especially impressed with the fact that they're determined to work SMART and green. GL uses customized computer databases to streamline all of their functions from warehousing to organizing their shipments to donor tracking and email blasts. They understand the importance of not just doing right, but doing it efficiently.

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Using their databases tthey've improved their productivity to complete critical tasks from 3 weeks to 2 days .

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

the smart, committed personnel who work there.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

Global Links is a wonderful example of community working together in a number of ways to benefit our Pittsburgh community and our global community. It is a green initiative, contributing to the earth's well being by keeping needed medical supplies out of landfills, helping people overseas who don't have access to supplies that we take for granted, helping other local non-profits, and managing UPMC's surplus furniture to help sustain their mission. I recently toured and was amazed by the committment, organization, attention to detail and dignity and respect given to those who receive the supplies. Everything is sent over in top shape, cleaned, repaired, labeled and ready to use.

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

Making sure that medical supplies from UPMC do not go to waste.

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

Learning more about what they do and how, making the connection to help local nonprofits that have training programs for health care careers that help those with barriers to employment.

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

Articulate, enthusiastic, committed, great leadership

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

increase access to health care, organize and collaborate with others, save and change lives,

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

I volunteered for over 5 years in my retirement (until my own health issues prevented be from doing so), and continue to support financially. The mission of Global Links, the staff, and the fellow volunteers are all passionate about capturing all medical materials that do not need to be disposed of- their enthusiasm is contagious. To be able to work with such a group was a privilege.

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

providing gloves and syringes that were unused but would have been thrown away here and getting them to hospitals in developing countries who have none.

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

be extremely proud of how much it's grown.

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

the passion the staff and volunteers have for both the environmental recovery and the humanitarian aid.

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

committed and compassionate.

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

improve conditions for hundreds of thousands of women and children.

Ways to make it better...

my schedule allowed me to continue volunteering.

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

raising funds to support expansion.

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

the detail paid to all that they do is commendable.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

Global Links is an amazing organization. There are about $9 billion worth of medical equipment and supplies thrown into landfills in the U.S. yearly. Global Links collects, cleans, repackages and ships these otherwise discarded items to developing nations where people are literally dying because of a lack of these needed supplies. The staff is friendly, dedicated to their mission, and make volunteering there a learning, fun experience.

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

how they positively affect the lives of people in developing countries who possibly would not have been able to have surgery because of the lack of sutures.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to expand the program & make more people aware of what wonderful things they do.

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

Seeing what impact they are making on the world.

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

Friendly, dedicated and professional.

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

help more people around the world.

Ways to make it better...

It couldn't have been better. I had a great time while working with the staff and other volunteers.

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

lack of money, and having enough volunteers to help with all that needs to be done.

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

Global Links does a great job!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 19, 2009

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April 19, 2009

5 stars is hardly enough to commend the work done by Global Links. I've had the pleasure of interning there over the past 4 months with the Country Programs officers and it's been such a rewarding experience. I've participated in many different ways, including: exploring new sources of funding, seeking donations of supplies and equipment, and translating documents. Everyone at Global Links is wholeheartedly committed to the mission and the positivity is infectious. It's truly a visionary concept and I'm very proud and grateful to have had to opportunity to contribute.

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

everyday business. The positive impact made by Global Links is clearly visible in the work that's done there everyday. I've seen donations come in, I've seen volunteers sort through them and pack them up. I've seen the reports of the shipments going out. I've seen the photographs of the life-saving supplies and equipment reaching their destination and being put to good use.

Ways to make it better...

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

start up branches in other major U.S. cities to have a vast network of resources, information and of course medical supplies and equipment.

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

SEEING the positive impact made by the work they do.

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

incredible people. Everyone's passionate about the work they do and it's evident in the success of Global Links

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

save so many lives, improve international relations between the U.S. and they 9 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in which they work, and raise more awareness in the U.S. about alternative ways to recycle our surplus materials and help others.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend there.

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

creating awareness and reaching people who don't already care about the environment and/or global health care.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 19, 2009

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April 19, 2009

How can anyone be against what these folk do? They collect surplus medical supplies from hospitals in the United States and send them to clinics and hospitals in nine Latin American countries. I volunteer at Global Links and can only wish that there were 50 more organizations doing the same work.

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

helping provide medical care in poor countries.

Ways to make it better...

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

organize some formal training for volunteers so that they would know more about the recipients of the supplies and the organiszations they work in.

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

that everyone works together forf a common purpose.

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

people with varied backgrounds and ages.

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

clone itself in several large cities in the US.

Ways to make it better...

I knew more about the hospitals and staff we work with abroad.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 18, 2009

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April 18, 2009

This is an amazing organization that does a huge amount of great work with a very small amount of resources. They effectively utilize thousands of hours of volunteer time to collect pack and ship retreivable medical equipment and supplies to developing countries. Their tireless quest prevents valuable, useable materials from going into landfills and directs them instead to exactly where they are desparately needed.Their work save sthe environment and saves lives. In the last few years that I have been involved I have seen them perform as a highly funtional team and a learning organization.

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

how local health systems deal with all of their useable supplies and equipment and the reults at work in other countries.

Ways to make it better...

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

be so proud of the great team I had and all they have accomplished.

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

they are willing to learn and grow as well as accept ideas and help from everyone.

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

some of the best people I have ever met,dedicated and focused on the mission.

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

significantly increase it's reach and have an greater influence on the earth and our neigbors in developing countries.

Ways to make it better...

if I had more time to spend and money to give.

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

More funding would be a great help.

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

This is definitely the best organization I have ever worked with.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 18, 2009

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April 18, 2009

When I was a nursing student, I helped Global Links to check blood pressure units and other basic equipment for donation to primary care clinics overseas. What impressed me most was the care that went into the donated shipments. Medical supplies were sorted and neated packed. Equipment was checked to make sure it worked correctly and was complete. Nothing was sent that was not needed. It is amazing when I think that all of these things which would have ended up in a landfill are now helping doctors and nurses to provide care to their patients and save lives. The organization and dedicated staff are an inspiration to me. If you want to volunteer to make a difference in the world, your time will not be wasted here.

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

reading the feedback from the hospitals and clinics and seeing the equipment and materials in use.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a way to duplicate their work on a national scale.

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

knowing my efforts made a difference in countless ways both here in the U.S and overseas.

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

Truly dedicated to the mission and have deep respect for those they serve.

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

Expand the recycling and collection efforts to other parts of the U.S and open programs in other developing countries in need of assistance.

Ways to make it better...

I had even more time to devote to the cause.

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

finding the funds to expand their reach

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

I hope others can learn about your organzation--it makes sense!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 17, 2009

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April 17, 2009

I take a group of ESL students here to volunteer every year. They come from countries far and wide and are always, always, always impressed with the experience: the environment and staff at Global Links are very welcoming, the mission is superior, the work is meaningful, and the exposure our students get from this experience helps shape their perceptions about our country and its citizens' humanitarian efforts.

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

their presence in the community here in Pittsburgh, but more importantly in the dvd presentation they show to new volunteers -- people all over the world get better medical care as a result of Global Links' efforts ... and landfills arent' as full.

Ways to make it better...

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

work harder to recruit regular volunteers out of the groups of volunteers that visit one time.

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

The welcoming environment they offer.

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

super nice, helpful and easy going!

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

help a lot more patients.

Ways to make it better...

I brought volunteers from my own organization with me.

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

perhaps the costs of shipping overseas, and hospitals that refuse to participate by donated unneeded medical supplies.

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

They brew great coffee at Global Links and share it with volunteers -- in ceramic mugs! No styrofoam or papercups where to be found. That's green.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 17, 2009

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April 17, 2009

Global links has been a trend setter in the green movement for nearly 20 years. Recycling surplus medical equipment and supplies, much of which would wind up in the waste stream, and donating these t... more

April 17, 2009

Global links has an incredible dual mission of going green and building healthcare capacity and access in the developing world. Global links has a nealry 20 year track record of recycling medical supplies and equipment from US hospitals and matching and donating these to the needs of the healthcare systems in some of poorest countries in the world. Truly a double bang!

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

by observing the incredible amount of materials recovered and then seeing them in use in hospitals and clinics in Central America.

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

that it effectively blends two of my passions, the environment and access to healthcare, in its unique mission.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 17, 2009

Global links has been a trend setter in the green movement for nearly 20 years. Recycling surplus medical equipment and supplies, much of which would wind up in the waste stream, and donating these to healthcare organizations in the developing world with documented need is an incredible dual mission of "greening" and "human service." This double bang makes global links a very effective and wothwhile charity especially when you look at the volume of materials removed from the waste stream and impact that their donations have had on building capacity and increasing access to healthcare services in some of the world's poorest countries.

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

by observing the incredible volume of materials recovered from the waste stream and then seeing them in use in hospitals in Central America.

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

knowing that two personal passions, the environment and increasing access to healthcare, come together in the unique mission of global links

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Make a practical contribution to our operations while at the same time learning about global health inequities; pack boxes of needed medical supplies; clean and prep hospital furnishings for an upcoming shipment; clean and match crutches to send to Haiti; lead a collection for needed supplies at their workplace, school, or place of worship; attend a tour of our facilities to learn more about our mission and operations. Volunteer