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April 24, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 24, 2010

My wife Anne invited me to attend a meeting of Altrusa, a giving organization whose guest speaker that night was Gary Nolte, a board member of HERO. Gary explained that HERO's mission was two-fold, a distribution of gently used medical gear like walkers, crutches and wheel chairs to local people and, a gathering of unused surgical supplies from local hospitals that are sent to foreign countries to support

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

more quickly establish HERO outlets around the world, build coordination between the outlets to supply needs as they occur anywhere in the world. HERO products are valuable, sophisticated, rare and therefore much needed recycle material.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 23, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 23, 2010

Thanks to the dedicated staff, volunteers and board members of HERO thousands of pounds of supplies, no longer valuable to the medical agencies, are redistributed to those in need. These supplies offer life-changing relief to area residents burdened with the high cost of health care products as well as destitute patients in missionary facilities. HERO performs an amazing humanitarian service to many by salvaging tons of medical supplies destined previously for the landfill.

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

the grateful and sometimes watery-eyed faces of the area residents when they receive supplies or equipment at no cost. I've also read letters or heard first- hand what services were provided by excited missionaries using HERO supplies

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

Coninue to tell everyone how recycling of medical supplies can change even SAVE peoples' lives. HERO is the epitome of the Trash to Treasure concept.

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

Being part of HERO is spiritually uplifting. Seeing what an impact can be made using a supply that would have otherwise been discarded changes your perspective daily.

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

enthusiastic and kind. Excited to assist with the medical needs of those without access to health care or those burdened by their medical expenses.

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

network with more medical supply agencies and national as well as international health care providers to expand services to even MORE people in need.

Ways to make it better...

sustainable funding was constant or easily renewed. HERO contiues to search for the right audience with a passion for our combined humanitarian and environmental service.

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

renewable funding and a steady number of volunteers.

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

The past and current staff, board- members, and volunteers of HERO are outstanding. Funding makes life easier, but without their dedication to the cause HERO could not survive

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

As a former board member, I am so excited to be able to continue supporting HERO and their mission. Their mission which supports issues of both poverty and the environment simultaneously work towards positive impacts both locally and globally. As a Service-Learning Coordinator for Moorhead schools, I am so thankful for their willingness to partner with us and engage young people in their work. They are helping to build a more hopeful tomorrow.

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

their work with young people as they learn about the mission and begin to care about the mission themselves.

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

passionate about the mission, knowledgeable about the work that they do, and give great attention to the details of what we need to be doing together.

Ways to make it better...

they would have a bigger warehouse and office area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 13, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 13, 2010

I am a former Board Chair of this great organization. While that might make me biased, I would submit that I vetted my involvement carefully because my time and reputation is important to me. I valued my time with HERO because it is a relatively unique organization that is not duplicating services others are already providing. HERO also has a unique dual mission where it is both keeping durable medical supplies out of landfills (fulfilling a "green" mission") and also providing healthcare equipment to those in need. Thus, I encourage potential clients, volunteers, and donors to check HERO out.

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

create similar HERO organizations throughout the United States, helping thousands of lives, and keeping millions of tons of materials out of landfills.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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