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Global Links
April 20, 2010

Global Links is a leading example of environmental sustainability and accountability, because they develop ongoing relationships with health care facilities in specific countries that can utilize the surplus medical supplies from Pittsburgh area hospitals. Foreign Institutions receive 40-foot sea containers of medical aid carefully selected to meet their specific needs. By developing relationships with specific institutions or regions of a country, Global Links makes a sustained impact on the ability of recipient institutions to deliver health care to their patients. They foster international partnerships to promote environmental sustainability and redirect medical surplus to supply developing countries with medical supplies that would otherwise be sent to a land fill. From the organization’s mission of redirecting medical surplus to the recycling receptacles in the staff and volunteer eating areas, this organization is the definition of a non-profit that promotes environmental sustainability. The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh recently gave Kathleen Hower – co-founder and Executive Director of Global Links, the Exemplary Leadership Award. Each year, the Johnson Institute selects an outstanding community leader who demonstrates values of ethics and accountability in their service to the public to receive this award. I am graduate student studying international and public affairs and am participating in the Johnson Institute Leadership Portfolio program. I am serving on the board of Global Links as a part of this learning opportunity. It has been an honor to be invited to participate with this extraordinary organization, because they are an international example of what a non-profit organization should be.

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

amazing. The staff and volunteers at Global Links are well informed about the importance of their work and how it affects the international communities that partner with the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I have recently be invited to join the board of Global Links.