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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

4 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

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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9

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

8

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar