Medshare

Rating: 5 stars   9 reviews

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Location: 2937 Alvarado Street San Leandro CA 94577 USA

Mission: MedShare delivers health and hope to people in Northern CA and around the world. We collect surplus medical supplies and equipment and then ship to hospitals and clinics to help save lives - and to bring dignity and hope to the poorest of the poor. With our environmental focus we divert the donated medical supplies out of Northern CA landfills by collecting the surplus directly from local hospitals. Our Distribution and Volunteer Center is conveniently located in San Leandro and are in need of nice people to help us at 3-hour sorting sessions throughout the week. Won't you join us in this important work by volunteering? We invite individuals, groups, schools, and corporations to sorting sessions where you'll package supplies to save lives around the globe! No special skills are needed - just a willingness to want to change the world - one life at a time. We shipped an amazing 103 40-foot containers of medical supplies last year; MedShare is rated by Charity Navigator as a Top 10 charity. Help us grow!
Results: Last year we shipped 103 containers of aid to hospitals in the economically developing world. We also provisioned over 330 medical teams who traveled the globe to bring immediate health care to the poor.
Target demographics: MedShare is committed to serving three distinct groups:1. Needy hospitals in the developing world.2. Northern CA clinics providing care to the underserved3. Hundreds of medical teams that travel around the globe on medical missions.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Many thousands of patients are helped each year due to our work.
Geographic areas served: Northern CA Safety Net Clinics and Hospitals in 82 Developing Nations
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

MedShare is an amazing organization that is making a difference in communities around the world lacking access to adequate healthcare. Imagine doctors having to wash and reuse the same pair of gloves on multiple patients or imagine patients having to receive exams on the floor because no exam table is available. This is not uncommon in many parts of the world and is a reality that MedShare is committed to changing, by providing under-served healthcare facilities with the basic medical supplies and equipment needed to deliver quality healthcare.

MedShare utilizes volunteer support to help sort and package the medical supplies sent on their container shipments all over Asia, Africa, Latin America, and United States. These items are surplus donations that would have been thrown away. Instead, volunteers help re-purpose these supplies for MedShare's recipients. Getting involved as a volunteer is very easy to schedule, as well as highly rewarding. Knowing that your service is helping save human lives, improve healthcare, and is benefiting our environment makes this a unique opportunity to make such a big difference in a short 3-hour volunteer shift.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The mission of MedShare is absolutely fantastic. MedShare is about SHARING. That is, the sharing of excess medical supplies in the USA- (where there is an astounding amount of waste in the healthcare industry) with hospitals and clinics in the developing countries which do not have enough. These facilities often have bare shelves and even have to ask the patients to buy their own medical supplies for their procedures if they want to be treated. The MedShare donations arrive, and those who really need them have access to basic hospital necessities like gloves, masks, syringes, dressings, surgical drapes, sutures, IV sets, and more. As a volunteer, your job is to sort and quality-control the medical supplies that are donated to MedShare before they get shipped abroad. The impact you make is enormous! Volunteer at MedShare if you want to really make a difference.

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This is a very rewarding place to volunteer. Not only does the organization remove incredible amounts of non-biodegradable material from our landfills, but it puts perfectly good medical materials into use in poor communities in the USA and in poor countries throughout the world. The sorting is done in a warehouse beneath the flags of all the nations that have benefited so far. Sorters can listen to music and chat with others in 3 hour sort sessions, and there is a break room with snacks and drinks. Everyone is super friendly! You don't need to sign up for a regular session, but can come to any session that fits your schedule.

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

watching a container being packed for shipment to Equador.

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

find a way to connect the poorest hospitals in small communities to each other or to charities, so that they could pool their resources and manage the low cost needed to ship container loads.

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

The neat people I meet during the sort sessions.

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

friendly and knowledgeable.

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

make container loads available to even the poorest of communities and their hospitals.

Ways to make it better...

The warehouse were warmer in winter, but it is obviously too huge to heat!

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

spreading throughout the United States so that hospital waste is better utilized.

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

It feels good to go to bed at night knowing that I am spending a portion of my time helping others!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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