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  

Hayley from Global Links has been great to work with. I am the coordinator of the green team at St. Clair Hospital and have worked with her for a few years. We have an active donation program where we are able to donate old medical equipment, supplies, etc.... It is great to see an organization recycle and reuse medical supplies and equipment and to improve health outcomes in other countries.

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

I have seen the efforts in Haiti second hand from our Pediatrician who frequently travels there.

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

do even more!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Global Links helps in so many different ways: their donations of medical equipment and supplies directly affect and improve the lives of people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean; these donated materials would have otherwise been sent to landfills here in the US. The hospitals, doctors, and equipment manufacturers and distributors in the US benefit by knowing that they have an impact on improving the quality of life in other countries and reducing waste at home. The organization is run by incredible people who are committed to the mission -- you can be sure that your donations to Global Links will be put to good use!

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

Making substantial donations of unused/retired medical equipment and supplies to medical centers in other countries who need them.

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

If anything, give them resources to expand their reach to other countries and regions.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I think this is a wonderful organization. I love the fact that so much is recycled and your organization really treats the WORLD population as one big family, which indeed we are.
My daughter volunteered at Global Links and absolutely loved the experience.

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

knowing that medical supplies that we can't use are able to be used by someone needy.

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

advertise more for volunteers.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

IN 2004 I DONATED MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FROM MY LATE HUSBAND'S OFFICE WHICH WENT TO CUBA-TO A NEPHROLOGY INSTUTUTE IN HAVANA (AS I RECALL).
MY FATHER WAS BORN AND RAISED IN CUBA, OF QUAKER MISSIONARY PARENTS; IT WAS REWARDING TO ME TO KNOW THAT THIS DONATION WILL BE HELPFUL TO THAT COUNTRY. I ALSO KNEW THAT IT HONORED MY HUSBAND'S MEMORY.

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

the donation of my husband's medical equipment was handled easily and appropriately

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

none

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I am an occasional donor to global links through my job as a medical supply sales rep. Global Links is a great conduit to get medical surplus to countries where it can be used to save lives and improve the health of the inhabitants. Their relationships with local hospitals and physican offices gives them access to products that these places would otherwise throw away. Global Links provides a valuable service to the local and international community.

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

Sutures donated by some of my customers allowed surgeries that saved peoples lives

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

publicize them more. I beleive there are folks and organizations that would or could donate if they knew about Global Links

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Global Links lives up to its name: it links vital supplies to hospitals in need in Latin America and the Caribbean that come from hospitals in the USA that would otherwise simply throw them away. In the process, Global Links very consciously contributes to the greening of our US hospitals and clinics!
As a person who has donated to Global Links, I do so because they also work with nearly 2,000 volunteers annually, and not only use their skills and hours, but also educate them about global health and the environment.
Finally, Global Links cooperates fully with its partner hospitals, other non-profits, and the Pan American Health Organization. Bravo!

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

Yes, their work in pulling together materials for Haiti has been extraordinary--making double sure they are sending the right materials to the right places, through the Pan American Health Organization, so that nothing is wasted or mis-channeled. It is a highly delicate process, and Global Links has been a champion, helping to "green" our hospitals while serving Haiti.

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

Work to help expand its reach beyond Pittsburgh, as it is a true example of how the environmental movement should link with healthy communities everywhere.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We teamed up with Global Links almost 3 years ago to be a collection site for our area, Washington PA. We also decided to do an extra colleciton with Global Links for Haiti Relief, which had great response by customers and members of the community that called/stopped daily bringing crutches, walkers, canes - some with MULTIPLE items, some came to both collections! By partnering with Global Links, we brought awareness of global Issues to our local community and knowledge of Global Links' goal to environment responsibility and are proud to continue this relationship annually.

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

Continuing to create awareness within our community of how Global Links has the ability to reduce land fills and make the planet greener, turn waste into use and ultimately, save lives.

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

Spread the word to others that are not aware of the amazing things that they do!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with Global Links is limited (donating crutches and one day volunteering sorting and packing). But this place is amazing from the incredibly dedicated staff to the enormous volume of medical supplies recycled. I've worked for years in hospitals as an imaging technologist and am constantly depressed about the amount of waste that is generated. Global Links serves such a vital role in channelling
our unwanted medical supplies to poorer countries.

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

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

Makes sure everyone is aware of their services so we don't see crutches, walkers, etc, at the curb on garbage day.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I still remember the day when Global Links got its name. I was there.
Many years ago three intelligent women got together and started this organization without money but with vision and great dedication. They wanted to help people who where ill and had no resources. For many years now the organization still does that. They find things that nobody will use here anymore and send them to those who needs them.
Global Links is a very special organization. Every time I come to Pittsburgh and visit them I am amazed how many new projects had been accomplished and how hard they work.

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

I have never met an organization like Global Links who virtually started with nothing and grew so fast. They have sent container after container of medical supplies that help save people's lifes

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

I would not change anything but help them to find more resources to be able to send more medical supplies to the poorest of this world.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I work in a hospital that recycles unused equipment and new medical supplies that we no longer use through Global Links. It is amazing to see the products acculmulate that in the past would have been disposed of but are now used in underdeveloped countries. Global Links presence in our organization has raised awareness for recycling in the broadest sense and the follow-up by their representatives continues to reinforce our diligence.

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

I have observed the amount of supplies that we currently donate which in the past would have been disposed of in a landfill.

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

Get the word out.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Observing the collections in the hospital and what they are for has encouraged me to donate to the organization through United Way.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

See above.

What would you tell others about this organization?

This is an organization that has taken new or nearly new products that would be disposed of and they have used them to transform lives via the healhcare that they receive. It is a dynamic organization with lofty goals. Highly commendable.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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