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  

14 people found this review helpful

What a great organization! Global Links' work is not only important to the countries they serve, but also to the environment. By keeping tons of still-useful supplies out of landfills, they truly provide a domestic service. Thanks for all you do!

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

feedback from program countries

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

be excited!

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

I've learned a lot about Global public health issues.

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

friendly, kind, interesting.

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

change the world.

Ways to make it better...

there had been snacks :). Just kidding.

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

physical space, funding.

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

Global Links is awesome!

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2009-4-01

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15 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered several times to help at Global Links and have also donated money. These folks run a dedicated non profit that succeeds in not just achieving their goal of recapturing value in surplus hospital supplies by shipping them to medical facilities in need, but also by mobilizing many volunteers. The opportunity to support their efforts by manually helping to clean, pack and ship the items allows them to be inclusive and expand beyond just a donor base. Global Links is a wonderful example of a sustainable non profit that meets their mission. Five stars!

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

recycling surplus medical supplies.

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

the comraderie in the volunteering experience.

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

Helpful and dedicated.

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

save lives... and recycle surplus.

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2009-4-01

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16 people found this review helpful

When you volunteer at Global Links you feel like you've just worked with Rachel Carson, Albert Schweitzer, Mother Teresa and Al Gore in to one fell swope! You learn to share, respect others, give thoughtfully, to be creative and participate. The list can go on - but basically it is always a boost to volunteer there - they are so effective at what they do - one can't help but feel they've not only improved another life but their own life has improved too. I have been photographing the good deeds of this bold humanitarian organization for 12 years. I considerate it to be some of the highest quality time I ever spent on this planet.

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

in the face of a mother, relieved her baby is in an incubator and has a much better chance of surviving. This is a piece of equipment that could have easily been cluttering up some landfill or collecting dust in some back room.

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

seeing real results.

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

kind hearted.

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

mean they could communicate on a world stage. They WOULD make a difference1

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2009-4-01

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12 people found this review helpful

When you volunteer for Global Links it is an education in conservation, diplomacy and mindful giving. After photographing Global Links' efforts for 12 years, I have become a better person by learning from their actions and philosophies. I have a better understanding of what impact each individuals decisions and actions make. This bold humanitarian organization needs to be placed front and center on the world stage! It would soon be a better planet indeed!

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

the face of a mother - relieved her baby might have a chance because an incubator is on hand at the hospital.

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

seeing real results with real people.

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

kind of heart.

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

be the force of Rachel Carson Albert Schweitzer , Mother Teresa and Al Gore all wrapped in one - working to make the earth a better place.

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2009-4-01

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14 people found this review helpful

Global Links is a no-hassle, fast delivery, no nonsense, eager-to-help organization that has saved the day for our organization, Building New Hope, countless times. There are not many organizations that allow their clients to feel that WE are helping THEM! GLobal Links is genuinely pleased to be of service to those that we serve here in Nicaragua. THe individual Global Links volunteers have all gone 'the extra mile' to come through with every request that we have made of them. THere is comfort in knowing that they are always near us, with us, for us. GLobal Links suppies Building New Hope with medical/clinical supples for remote area health centers as well as a community animal spay neuter clinic in Nicaragua. THeir donations have allowed us to provide a constant stream of health care to this community because of their efficient donation system. Donna Tabor, Project Director Building New Hope Granada, Nicaragua

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

too many ways to mention all. But we have been able to operate and maintain a first-rate animal health clinic in a community where dogs are underfed and never treated. It has improved the overall community health of Granada tremendously.

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

definitely hire every employe to be on its staff!

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

having made good friends throughout the organization...not just professional associates.

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

professional yet personal, efficient, eager to meet our needs.

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

change the world ...definitely for the better!

Ways to make it better...

I had heard of Global Links years befoe!

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

lack of volunteers, over burdened by many needing its services.

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

this organization definitely deserves to by chosen as your winner!

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2009-3-01

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14 people found this review helpful

Global Links is an incredible organization that collects and distributes useable discarded medical supplies from local area hospitals to partner hospitals and medical centers in the Caribbean and Central America.

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

the photographs they have of patients sleeping in refurbished hospital beds, of medical staff using donated sterile medical gloves, in the full boxes volunteers pack each week to send useable supplies to partnering hospitals and medical centers.

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

be the luckiest person in the world.

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

the immense gratification of knowing that the supplies we are preparing for shipment are badly needed and knowing that Global Links has so directly reduced landfill by soliciting discarded supplies and redirecting them to places in need.

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

extremely passionate about the mission of Global Links.

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

pay its employees better and service more medical centers in need by increasing their volunteer staff and by expanding the number of hospitals from which they solicit discarded supplies.

Ways to make it better...

I had discovered Global Links years earlier. I wish I had already spent more time volunteering for such a worthy organization.

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

working with such a small budget.

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

the volunteer program is run very efficiently. The projects are always well-thought out, and I feel that not a minute of my time or energy is wasted. The volunteer coordinator always makes sure that the volunteers understand the significance of their work.

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2009-4-01

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i have been involved with global links for over 15 years. As a surgeon and recipient of their aid , in addition to working with them in their office as a volunteer ,I have witnessed first hand the passion and integrity with which they pusue their goal of furnishing needed medical supplies to the underserved throughout the world .Most of these supplies would have ended in land fills without first having gotten the opportunity to fulfill the purpose for which they were manufactured. Globaal LInks runs on a shoe string budget and yet they are able to send thousands of dollars worth of valuable medical equipment all over the world. I have personally packaged and hand carried some of this equipment to Haiti and Ethiopia where without it i would have been unable to perform some of the procedures needed there.

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

several countries throught the world as a visiting surgeron as well as participated in packing and accumulating material in their home office.

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

perhaps open other regional offices if i had the money to support such a n endeavor

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

workiong with people who have the same interest and enthusiasm with this type of work

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

are of the same ilk as people who are my friends

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

probably be able to accomplish more shipment per year

Ways to make it better...

I had had more time to to volunteer in Pittsburgh!

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

continuing to gain financial support

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

I firmly believe in the mission and purpose of Global Links.

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2009-2-01

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I wrote this for a class last semester. Global Links is an amazing organization. From the staff to their mission--Global Links is by far the best place with which I have volunteered. :) In the center of Homewood sits a desolate building - an old warehouse with a few broken windows, a semi parked out front, and a half rusted door. The only sign of life on the outside of this building is the eleven-inch sign to the left of the entryway. What lies on the other side of this heavy chunk of metal attached to old rust-colored brick is an incredible graveyard. Hundreds of IV poles stand lifeless like skeletons. Old hospital mattresses are piled to the ceiling casting shadows onto the gravestone-like gurneys. Particles of dust slow dance in the ghostly light that floats down through the broken window near the roof. A wasteland of defibrillators, exam tables, suture kits, wheel chairs, autoclaves, ventilators, surgical instruments, scrubs, stethoscopes, scales, and bandages - to name a few - are piled in small mountains from wall to wall. Only narrow pathways are left for the daring to navigate. Flip the switch on the industrial-sized ceiling fans, kick over the ignition on the old fork lift, and open the double-bolted steel door, and this place comes back from the dead. This would be a land fill, a huge garbage dump, where the hospitals dispose of a 'surplus' or 'old' materials. One element is crucial in bringing this place to life - the volunteers and staff - they are the heart and soul who give all of this wasted equipment a second chance. When I was guided through for the grand tour, chills shivered through my body. ALL of this would just be thrown away. The most amazing part of it is knowing that the people I was surrounded by wanted to be there out of the generosity of their hearts. They weren't there for the money; they were there to help. That day we spent hours resuscitating those IV poles. With a little bit of multi-purpose surface cleaner, a few old rags, and a bucket of fresh white paint, they were shiny and new. Drills buzzed in the background. Sandpaper scratched. Brooms brushed. People talked and laughed. Wheelchairs reupholstered, old lights fixed, walkers dusted, computers revamped, all of these noises flooded the once ghostly and lethargic warehouse. I realized then that shipping this equipment to the nine countries Global Links works with wasn't about just sending it for that 'green' tax break. It was about increasing the quality of life. It was about helping other people, not only with hospital equipment, but QUALITY hospital equipment that we would trust to use on ourselves and our loved ones. - Danielle G.

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

everything. They inspired me to put a giant recyling bin in my kitchen. But their real results are affecting the 9 countries they serve.

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

be pretty awesome.

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

The other volunteers and employees are wonderful.

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

very diverse, and incredibly welcoming. I like the world music they play in the office. :)

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

expand and possibly help many more countries than the nine which it already works.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing! It's always great! I wish I could help more.

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

the tape gun.

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

GLOBAL LINKS ROCKS!

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2009-4-01

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First, let me say they are a great organization!! I became involved with Global Links while attending PITT as an undergrad, and an organization I belonged to formed a group and volunteered there. After that one exposure, I was hooked!! I became a volunteer on a weekly basis, and I continue to love just about every minute I'm there!!! Keep up the good work!! (maybe someday there will be many branches across the United States)

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

all of the countries they serve.

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

space issues at the Penn Ave facility.

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

caring and happy.

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

SAVE THE WORLD!

Ways to make it better...

I could stay longer!!

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

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13 people found this review helpful

I became involved with Global Links while I was an art student in Pittsburgh and it changed the course of my life. I learned at Global Links that performing work with the clear purpose of helping others is far more satisfying (for me) than painting a pretty picture. Global Links is especially effective because it feeds two birds with one scone by reducing waste in the United States while providing needed supplies to hospitals abroad. Who wouldn't want to get behind a mission that is both humanitarian AND environmental? Volunteers usually sort and pack medical supplies so that they can be sent abroad. The work is very simple yet, as an essential piece of what happens there, so important. I think it is wonderful to play any size role in such a wonderful operation.

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

feedback from recipient institutions (testimonials, pictures). In addition, the sheer physical quantity of material that Global Links keeps out of landfills is impressive.

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

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

expand to other cities and get the word out more effectively to doctors and hospitals in order to recover as much 'waste' as possible.

Ways to make it better...

fund-raising, expansion, & spreading the word within medical institutions in the US (all interdependent).

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?

2008-9-01

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14 people found this review helpful

Global Links is a phenomenal organization that provides an essential service by distributing surplus medical supplies to underserved countries. The efficiency by which this organization operates is astounding. Supplies ranging from sutures to bed linens that would otherwise be discarded are systematically inspected, sorted, packed and shipped to countries in grave need of these supplies. The enthusiasm and devotion of the staff and volunteers is palpable and it makes me proud to be a part of this organization. My experience volunteering at Global Links has made me considerably more aware of the wastefulness of our medical institutions and the discrepancies in medical care throughout the world. I have been a packing volunteer at Global Links for 2 years and will continue to volunteer for this organization for as long as I am in Pittsburgh.

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

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

the realization that even the smallest efforts can have an enormous impact on the health and well-being of other people.

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

enthusiastic and devoted to their mission.

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

have an even greater impact on improving global health.

Ways to make it better...

I could volunteer for more than 2 hours at a time.

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?

2009-3-01

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