Global Links

Rating: 4.95 stars   300 reviews

Issues: Environment, Health, International

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  

16 people found this review helpful

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.

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

helping provide medical care in poor countries.

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.

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.

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?

2009-4-01

 
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18 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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.

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.

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2009-4-01

 
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18 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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

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

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?

2009-1-01

 
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16 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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.

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?

2008-10-01

 
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17 people found this review helpful

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

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.

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 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.

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

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

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2008-7-01

 
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17 people found this review helpful

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.

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

creating and supporting a dialysis initiative in Cuba and Jamaica

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.

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2009-4-01

 
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I have been working with Global Links for over 10 years and I am extremely impressed with their commitment to help those in need here in our community as well as overseas. My office is the hub for donations from fellow colleagues, patients and friends. We are not only helping the planet by responsibly getting rid of unused equipment and devices, but we are donating these things to an organization whose sole mission is to help those in need. Global Links is structured and organized, dedicated and sincere in reaching the poorest of poor to give them a more meaningful life. As a donor organization, it fills us with pride that we are doing the right thing. Thank you Global Links!

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2012

 
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18 people found this review helpful

As a volunteer at Global Links, I see first hand the items that are to se sent to needy clinics and I am overjoyed to be a part of this organization. Global Links is not only helping environmentally, but more importantly, it is making a positive impact on the lives of many individuals who are dying for things that most of us take for granted. Global Links staff are always energetic and positive. I love being part of one of the best non-profit orgainization this side of the Mississippi!

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

the newspapers and newsletters and on a documentary. I also talk with staff from Global Links who have personally gone to the developing countries to deliver the shipments.

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

that I can give back to countries and people in need.

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2009-4-01

 
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16 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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19 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Helping needy hospitals

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

not change a thing

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

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18 people found this review helpful

Global Links is the most wonderful organization! Here medical equipment goes back into the cycle which would otherwise fill landfills. Global Links also reuses and recycles in every thinkable way during the process of packaging and shipping the items to countries who are in desperate need. What an outstanding contribution to humanity and our environment!

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

wonderful, caring, enthusiastic and determined to give their time and expertise to the ones who are so much less fortunate.

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2009-4-01

 
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