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April 21, 2009

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April 21, 2009

I have had the privilege of being associated with Global Links for 11 years, serving on its volunteer advisory board,consulting on fundraising, programmatic and organizational issues, and providing pro bono legal services. Throughout that time I have been greatly impressed with the organization's consistency of vision and mission:Global Links is dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of health care services for underserved people in targeted developing countries, while concurrently serving as stewards of the environment, through the redirection of sitll-useful mdical equiment and supplies away from U.S. landfills. Global Links has been doing a great job for 20 years, with its effectiveness and impact increasing over the years, thanks in large part to continuial self-examination and efforts to improve. a dedicated and active Board of Directors, and increasingly effective fundraising efforts. Global Links works strategically and collaboratively with recipient countries and facilities, enabling the organizaiton to respond to actual needs, rather than needs as conceived by outsiders. Working through long-term programs and relationships, Global Links has been able to effect significant and cumulative changes in medical facilities and systems gthroughout Latin America and the Caribbean, helping to meet the core needs of the affected populations. The organization is defined by its dedication to delivering high quality and immediately useful material aid -- from complex medical tachnology to critically needed basic medical and hygiene supplies. The efffectiveness of GL's strategies has been recognized by the World Health Organization/Pan Americdan Health Organization, which has provided support and collaboaration for almost two decades. In recent years GL has become more directly involved in related efforts in community health education and training of in-country medical personnel, consistent with the overall goal of improving the quality of and availability of healthcare services in the countries in which they have programs.

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

the hospitals and clinics I visited that were able to provide additional medical services and amenities to their patients as a direct result of Global Links's material aid and assistance. Also,

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

the opportunity to work with staff that combines practical expertise with sincere dedication

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

wonderfully committed - they live and breathe the Global Links mission.

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

do much more to improve the quality of healthcare services in the hemisphere, but not do it better than they already do.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time devote to Global Links.

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

making the case to major donors/funders for operational support for infrastrucgure and personnel development

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

Global Links has a track record of accomplishing remarkable things with limited funds.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

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.

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

the mission trips to Guatemala I make every year.

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

publicize the work they do in more venues.

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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

April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

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.

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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.

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2009

April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

I've had the privilege of volunteering for this wonderful organization over the past few years. Always impressed by how well run the volunteer events are -a lot is accomplished in a short period of time. Very satisfying to know I've contributed to a mission that combines providing needed medical supplies with environmental responsibility.

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

the level of commitment of everyone involved.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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

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.

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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.

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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

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