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January 2, 2015

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January 2, 2015

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.
January 2, 2015

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January 2, 2015

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.
January 4, 2009

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January 4, 2009

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.

The Great!

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

watching a container being packed for shipment to Equador.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

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