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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, General Hospitals, Health, Health Care, International, International Relief, Recycling

Mission: HERO collects and redistributes donated healthcare materials to benefit those in need.

Results: In 2012, HERO served a volume of 3,119 individuals and agencies in our local and regional community. A total of 33 different medical mission teams received over 97,000 pounds of supplies and we saved over 152,000 pounds of supplies from area landfills.

Programs: HERO serves people locally, regionally and globally. Primary recipients are residents of North Dakota and Minnesota. HERO is open Monday through Friday to provide individuals and agencies with medical supplies and equipment and accept equipment donations to redistribute to those in need. HERO has 3 staff and hundreds of volunteers that sort, clean, and pack donations to give to those in need. Many college and high school students are provided volunteer service opportunities at at HERO.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

cpeterson

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first contact with HERO was on a mission trip to Haiti. I found out that they had packaged donated medical supplies to help people there and stock the shelves of a local hospital there. Their work was lifesaving and amazing!! When I returned home to Moorhead, I realized that they were providing medical equipment and supplies to thousands of local citizens as well. These supplies would have been thrown in the garbage without the HERO organization. This organization saves lives, keeps trash out of landfills and fills a need for people who are really hurting. What could be more important than that??

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My first contact with Project HERO was during a mission trip to Haiti. I met the warehouse director, Georgia Dufault in the airport in Haiti and learned that HERO was involved in collecting donated medical supplies that would be used by American doctors and nurses doing urgently needed surgeries at a Haitian hospital. I was intrigued by idea of recycling medical supplies and equipment and impressed by the mission of the organization. I am a nursing faculty member at Concordia College, and as a result of my first introduction to the HERO organization, I have worked with HERO as a learning partner for both nursing students and global health issues students. I became a board member recently because I believe so passionately in the work of this organization. I have seen the dramatic difference that HERO equipment and supplies can make to local and global citizens. I have seen how this organization uses the resources they have been gifted with to pass on the gift of health to others. Project HERO is aptly named, as they function as a health HERO to thousands of people every year, and an environmental HERO that keeps thousands of pounds of medical supplies and equipment from being wasted in landfills!!!!

Review from Guidestar

Anne33

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding organization with staff and volunteers who work endlessly to make it the great success it is. It not only helps so many people in our community but has touched and saved lives worldwide. Superior work HERO staff and volunteers.

wimbydu

Board Member

Rating: 5

Where would you turn if you needed medical supplies or equipment but couldn't afford it? Or...what do you do with the crutches or shower stool, or lift bed that you have but no longer need? HERO is the place to go! HERO stands for Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization. This worthwhile non-profit promotes "green" by recycling reusable and discarded medical supplies to people in need, which would otherwise end up in landfills. The HERO motto is "Save a Life, Save the Earth"! I can't think of a better organization that is providing these two invaluable services..medical supplies to the needy and recycling the tons of supplies being thrown away! I have been a volunteer sorter for HERO over the last nine years, and am a board member as well. HERO has a huge environmental impact, keeping over 50 tons of medical supplies from disposal in our local landfill. I believe in "Going Green" and I believe in HERO's mission and vision to provide medical supplies locally and globally.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first began my association with Project HERO as a volunteer working and sorting used medical supplies in the warehouse. Having a husband in the medical field, I was drawn to the importance of the redistribution of durable medical supplies locally and to medical missions worldwide , items which would have ended up in the landfill. Three members of my family went on a Haiti medical mission and saw first hand the shipment and delivery of these goods from HERO, which was put to good use in Haiti, especially after the recent devastating earthquake. I am now a current executive board member of HERO, and am proud to support and promote HERO's mission of

1 Noel I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HERO is doing wonderful things here in the Fargo / Moorhead area to help those in need. By recycling through redistribution; taking donated health care items and redistributing for donation, HERO is not only helping the less fortunate, but helping our Earth!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped out at HERO to package, label, and ship supplies to Haiti for a few years now- they are an amazing Non-Profit that is making a difference all over the world!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HERO is a great organization to volunteer with. The employees are very friendly and helpful. This organization has inspired me to do more and want to volunteer in less fortunate areas in the world as well as in my own community.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HERO has been an excellent organization to be associated with. I look forward to volunteering with them every month (and sometimes up to twice a month). The friendly staff let you know you are making a difference in the world. Their altruistic view point and dedication to their cause are inspiring. Being a pre-med student I have learned immeasurable amounts of information about the needs in the community and other countries, like Haiti. I would recommend, to anyone that asks, to donate time to this awesome nonprofit organization.

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kschrader 04/29/2010

"If I ran into this organization" should read "employ the same people..." instead of "employee the same people..." Sorry for the misprint.

Review from Guidestar

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been very pleased with this organization's ability to get the community engaged and motivated to help. Connie Peterson's involvement is what has inspired me personally to become a part of raising money for HERO during the marathon in Fargo. I look forward to the experience, and working more closely with this organization in the future.

Review from Guidestar