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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

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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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April 17, 2009

I love volunteering at Global Links- every time I have so much fun and really feel the impact of my efforts!

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

our very own community. I have been at hospitals and seen the amount of supplies they donate.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

the fact that you see your efforts right in front of you.

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

very pleasant, helpful and extremely committed.

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

save the world!

Ways to make it better...

there were more open sorting times for groups.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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April 17, 2009

I have been associated with this organizations for many years and have continually appreciated their creative and valuable approach to the "repurposing" of surplus medical supplies. As a healthcare professional myself, I have often been appalled- witnessing the waste of expensive and still useful medical supplies and equipment. Finally someone ( Global Links) came along and created a way to redirect these items for the good of less advantaged people. Global Links functions on a very tight budget, with most of the work being done by volunteers. When people make a donation to them they can be assured that almost 100% of it is being used directly by those who need it the most. Global Links is truely dedicated to its mission.

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

creating and supporting a dialysis initiative in Cuba and Jamaica

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

The purity of their mission without red tape and high administrative costs.

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

Top rate!

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

Expand its program to a national level.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 17, 2009

I have provided pro bono services to Global Links for many years. It is an amazing not-for-profit organization, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Very low administrative overhead and very high impact. So much thought and care goes into every donation to ensure each facility receives exactly what it needs and can put to good use. (Well-intended but inappropriate donations can be a huge burden on a recipient -- imagine getting a tractor-trailer load of equipment or materials you can't use!) Global Links has carefully built up partnerships with local hospitals, international governmental organizations, recipient hospitals in developing countries -- all to ensure it can have the highest, most beneficial impact in the countries it serves and make best use of the materials it reuses. Humanitarian, eco-friendly, well-run -- it's a great organization.

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

much-needed medical supplies and equipment going where they are very much needed and appreciated -- that would otherwise be thrown away!

Ways to make it better...

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

reach out to hospitals nationwide. The suture program, in particular, is so high-impact.

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

the fact that it's a nonprofit that's quietly making a huge impact that saves lives and protects the environment.

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

professional, friendly, dedicated.

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

save thousands more lives in our hemisphere and save tons more surplus from being thrown away.

Ways to make it better...

I could have done more. The more involved you can be, the more you see how great the need is and how beneficial the assistance Global Links provides.

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

lack of space (both warehouse and office) to grow.

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

I've worked in two nonprofits in my career, so I know how hard it can be -- limited funds, limited supplies, always more to do. Global Links does a great job given the obstacles every nonprofit faces, and the fact that it is truly home-grown (the brainchild of 3 women) makes it even more amazing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 17, 2009

Global Links recycles surplus medical supplies and devices that would otherwise be discarded in landfills or incinerated. They send these items to clinics and facilities in developing countries that would otherwise be unable to care for needy people. I have volunteered at Global Links for three years and I am always impressed by the generosity and caring that the people at Global Links display toward the humankind and the environment.

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

committed to making our world a better and cleaner place to live.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 17, 2009

Global Links is a wonderful organization. It is using materials that would be thrown out and donating them to hospitals that our without resources to help their patients. I am happy to be volunteering for this organization.

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

Helping needy hospitals

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing

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

the people who run it are dedicated to their cause

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

wonderful, friendly and dedicated

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

help more people

Ways to make it better...

I had known about it sooner

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

finding the materials to donate

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

I really enjoy my volunteer work and all the other volunteers and staff that I have meet and interacted with

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 17, 2009

Global Links plays a vital and unique role by doing meaningful work simultaneously on TWO fronts. First, Global Links is improving the environment by significantly reducing the wastestream of healthcare institutions. Second, Global Links is improving the lives of scores of individuals in developing countries through the recycling and reuse of medical equipment and supplies. Changing the environment and changing healthcare are two giant tasks and Global Links makes a positive impact on both with a level of competence and professionalism rarely seen.

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

Global Links plays a vital and unique role by doing meaningful work simultaneously on TWO fronts.

Ways to make it better...

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

...focus on my mission.

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

First, Global Links is improving the environment by significantly reducing the wastestream of healthcare institutions. Second, Global Links is improving the lives of scores of individuals in developing countries through the recycling and reuse of medical equipment and supplies. Changing the environment and changing healthcare are two giant tasks and Global Links makes a positive impact on both with a level of competence and professionalism rarely seen.

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

...always professional, competent and courteous

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

...expand their program nationally and help thousands of more lives and prevent many tons of waste from entering the waste stream.

Ways to make it better...

...they were bigger.

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

...money and exposure.

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

...they are great.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 17, 2009

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April 17, 2009

I am an administrator in Community Relations at the University of Pittsburgh. One of my responsibilities is to place volunteers from among our 13,000 faculty and staff with local non-profits. Since my experience with Global Links began in 1995, they have consistently supplied well-planned and meaningful voluntary service activities, with a strong educational component, to groups of University staff, faculty and graduate/professional students with near monthly frequency. Global Links is environmental to the extent that they recycle massive amount of medical supplies & equipment that would be otherwise headed for landfills.

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

The truck loads of medical supplies that they regularly ship to needy clinics worldwide.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a way to make it bigger.

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

Their consistent & efficient follow-up and expressions of appreciation, even when I am being difficult.

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

Professional and pleasant.

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

Accommodate more of the volunteers that I would like to send them and accept and recycle even more of the potentially harmful "waste" generated by UPMC and other large hospital systems.

Ways to make it better...

Global Links could accept more volunteers. "My volunteers" love going there to work and I usually have to turn a number away.

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

Getting the fuller cooperation from arrogant hospital administrators. Need for more space and more staff.

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

Great job Global Links! We need more non-profits that are run as efficiently as you are.

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