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Causes: Environment, Health, International, International Development, International Relief, Public Health, Recycling

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.

Community Stories

160 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Global Links is doing amazing work both for the environment and for people in need around the world. I was astounded at the statistics that were shared with me- 9 billion dollars of unused medical supplies are thrown away every year! This organization is meeting needs and saving lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is fifteen years now that I have been experiencing the relief that Global Links brings to countries across the world who need help in the health sector. I have been particularly impressed by the care they take in donating equipment and supplies that will work in the receiving countries. Their focus and concern is for the health and well being of the people of the country they assist. They take the time to find out the needs of the receiving country and what works best there. Their donations are of the highest quality and durability. It is not so much what they do at Global Links, but how they do it …with respect, dignity and compassion. Blossom Laidlaw Volunteer – Health Sector -Jamaica

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Global Links provides desperately needed medical supplies while also serving an environmental service. The staff is dedicated and the volunteers are wonderful, interesting and diverse people to meet and work with. I've volunteered there for over 4 years and always leave there feeling that I've contributed in a worthwhile way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think that volunteering at global links has been an amazingly eye opening experience. I never knew so many things would wind up in landfills if it were not for global links salvaging these items and sending them to others who could put them to good use, people who are so appreciative to receive them. To play a small part in this endeavor, has been very rewarding to me. The staff has been very imformative, answering all of my questions and keeping me informed on healthcare in the countries they service. They showed me that I could help them to acquire even more donations. These donations have helped improve and expand heathcare treatment for those who receive them by allowing them to provide care for those who would otherwise go untreated.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.