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  

I recently traveled to Honduras with a group of 20 other medical personnel to provide care in a rural village. We left with numerous supplies from Global Links including gloves, gauze, lancets to name a few. Global Links was very willing to provide everything we had requested for our trip and gathered our supplies so quickly. We were able to use these supplies as part of our Child Health Initiative to improve preventive care with the children in San Jose El Negrito and surrounding areas. We make these trips twice annually and have enough remaining supplies to help us provide care for our next visit. I really enjoyed working with Global Links as everyone was so friendly and accommodating and hope we can work together for future trips.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Global Links is one of the best run nonprofits that I have ever worked with here and in the DC area. The Exec. Director stays so true to the mission and never strays from that no matter what. The work Global Links does makes so much sense in many ways - environmentally, medically, and humanly. The result is something that leaves a remarkably clear, profound impact of the countries that they serve as well as on the community from which they draw their "product."

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 3 stars  

I read your newsletter and am constantly impressed by the wonderful things you are doing to improve healthcare for the poor.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Global links is TRULY a global non-profit, bring medical supplies to foreign countries that would only be thrown away here because they are the old models, and have been replaced. At this time in history, I believe this is a great need. We are defending many nations fights for freedom, and casualties are inevitable. Medical supplies from GLOBAL LINKS would be more than necessary - that would be critical!

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

Only through reports and word of mouth.

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

Expand their reach!

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Rating: 5 stars  

in my country EL Salvador, Global Links had been an solidary organization in the fight against the chronic kidney disease. in a year 3913 persons, 1020 families, and 10 communities are beneficiated with the support that Global Links to help us. the program nefrolempa had been developed from 2009.. visit us in http://www.facebook.com/nefrolempa
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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Renal health care based community

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

no changes

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Rating: 5 stars  

Global Links is a nonprofit in Pittsburgh, PA that has turned recycling to an art form!

I have been aware of the organization for more than 10 years and am personally aware of the work they do in Latin American countries to refurbish durable medical supplies and equipment to countries most in need.

Global Links staff assisted our organization in figuring out how to donate unused, unexpired HIV medications to the province of Matanzas, Republic of Cuba. Pittsburgh has a sister city relationship with Matanzas.

Because the rate of HIV/AIDS is so low in Cuba, our small organization was able to make an impact on the men and women living with HIV in Mantanzas and Global Links provided great guidance.

They are my favorite nonprofit and are willing to talk to hospitals around the world to provide assistance even if the hospitals are not in countries they they currently serve.

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

organization a medial drive for a province in Cuba

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

No changes, they know what they are doing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found out about Globel Links thru NAPO. We collected items from the public to donate. That experience has stayed with me and I let everyone I know about their great work. It is awesome to know that they take the time and effort to help people that are in such great need. They have come up with creative ways to recycle that inspire not only adults but children as well. As a parent it gives me great hope knowing there are people willing to take the time to come up with solutions to what other wise would be wasted.

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

a collection of walking aids

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

figure out how to get the word out there so more people would help. Just as most people know about salvation army find a way to make Globel Links common knowledge.

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Rating: 5 stars  

24 people found this review helpful

I am so proud to have an organization in Pittsburgh's back yard that touches so many parts of the world so profoundly. The humility of the Global Links organization coupled with its impact on the lives of the poor is such a strong reflection of Christ, that I believe His Spirit carries the organization. Their stewardship of all resources, dedication and effectivenss in continuing the mission despite impediments, and commitment to the "renewable" concept makes them the paragon environmental non-profit. Bravo Kathleen.

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

Most directly in speaking with a physician from an impoverished South American country that benefited from Global Link's donation. His testimony to its impact and the corresponding presentation displayed a significant improvement in the lives of those living in that geographic area.

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

Hire their current Executive Director Kathleen Hower to do it as she has been since she founded the organization.

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

I have often described the Global Links participants as an ego-less group bent on achieving the mission. Unlike almost every non-profit that I have had board involvement, Global Link's directors checked their egos at the door.

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

Professionals, students, retirees, laborers, children... Every willing skill that wanted to participate, could.

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

Increase its distribution channels and warehouse, expand its geographic footprint to reach more donor hospitals and suppliers, and help an exponentially-more volume of persons around the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to commit.

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

Funding to continue to grow, and the squeeze of reduced product and increased need.

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

This is such a wonderful organization. It is a well-run, deeply committed, and effective organization that impacts persons in places of dire medical need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

30 people found this review helpful

Global Links is unique in that it not only helps donors dispose of their "trash" responsibly, but it provides much needed medical equipment to underserved countries. "Green" is not just a slogan, but part of its mission.

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

hospitals overseas.

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

watching it grow and become successful over the years.

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

very professional and friendly.

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

keep more medical equipment out of our landfills and help thousands more needy people in the developing world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

I've had the privilege to volunteer for Global Links for the past 5 years. Having met Kathleen and her team of dedicated humanitarians gives me hope.

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

the documentary photos of their work in Cuba and the Dominican Republic

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

market their mission more aggressively

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

there is a real sense of community and common goals

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

friendly, professional and dedicated

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

change the lives of millions in under developed nations

Ways to make it better...

i had the opportunity to see the impact on the beneficiaries

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

lack of adequate funding

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

there will always be a need for this organization

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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