HERO, Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Environment, Health, International

Location: 5012 53rd Street South Suite C Fargo ND 58104 USA

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.
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EIN 45-0457109
701-212-1921
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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

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

the joy and gratitude of the people in Haiti after receiving the tons of medical supplies sent from Project HERO. My family got to see first-hand the life changing difference it made in these peoples lives, and the ongoing need of sending these supplies.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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8 people found this review helpful

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

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?

2010-4-01

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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.

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?

2010-4-01

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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??

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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!!!!

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

providing medical supplies and equipment to people who would otherwise lack access.

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

make more people aware of the important work of the organization.

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

the dedication and passion of the employees and volunteers.

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

pleasant, dedicated and easy to approach.

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

serve even more citizens with critically needed medical supplies.

Ways to make it better...

I had known about the Project HERO organization sooner.

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

the huge need for their services.

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

donating to this organization is a great way to leverage your dollar, because the organization works with donated supplies and equipment, your donation goes a long way!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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