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Causes: Biomedicine & Bioengineering, General Hospitals, Health, International, International Development, International Relief

Mission: MedShare is dedicated to bridging the gap between surplus and need to improve health care and the environment in the United States and abroad.

Results: Since MedShare was incorporated in 1998, the organization has prepared and shipped over 630 containers of medical supplies and equipment abroad. These items have improved health care for more than one million people in 85 countries and territories. MedShare has also had a significant impact on the environment as 1.7 million cubic feet of landfill space has been saved.

Target demographics: MedShare is committed to serving all needy health care institutions regardless of religion, politics or race. MedShare often partners with various faith-based and civic initiatives in efforts to fulfill its mission.

Geographic areas served: MedShare has sent medical supplies and equipment to 85 countries and territories around the world. For a full list, click here: http://www.medshare.org/shipments

Programs: MedShare has shipped 1,000 forty-foot containers of medical supplies and equipment to over 96 developing countries and to safety-net clinics in the U.S. Over 8,000 volunteers help us sort and repackage these supplies so that hospitals can order exactly what they need.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 1

My story is not a happy one. After my husband died I had a lot of medical supplies left over and I wanted to donate them. Finding a company that offered a
tax deduction was also a plus. The person in charge of donation is a very personable young man. However, do not expect him to show up when promised.
Do not expect to receive a receipt. Do not count on anything you are told. He
got my supplies but has yet to give me any receipt for the donation, even after
half-a-dozen calls on my part and many assurances on his. Shame on him.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently I got involved with MedShare and have been super impressed! They do great work and all of the employees are helpful and caring. It's a great way to get involved with the community, meeting great people, but also helping worldwide.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Medshare is a great non-profit which benefits both the environment and medical teams worldwide. The environmental aspect is helped by their goal of recycling donated medical supplies from the landfill to agencies which can put these supplies to work. Worldwide medical teams can log onto their website and select the supplies which they actually need. The medical supplies are sorted by volunteers who learn to recognize various medical supplies and check for expiration dates. It is very interesting and a great educational experience.

Shana17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MedShare is the hands-on volunteer opportunity I've been looking for! You really feel like you're making a huge difference and saving countless lives when sorting supplies and packing boxes that go to developing countries. The staff are very friendly and there's a great volunteer center to hang out and chat or eat. I definitely recommend volunteering at MedShare as often as you can.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MedShare has great stories to share. Stories of of seemingly hopeless situations, that can be turned around by the power of the boxes that are sent out. Each box a volunteer packs, is a box of hope and volunteers can really feel like they are saving lives- without having to be a doctor. Its fascinating to hear stories of the kind hearts people have. Listening to Medical Mission teams who are going or coming to place that have been devastated is so inspiring. I might not be able to support some cause or another monetarily, but MedShare makes me feel like I can support people across the globe who really need the surplus that we have!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MedShare is a fantastic organization to work for! We take unused medical supplies and ship them to nations and communities that want and will use them. Instead of hospitals and clinics filling up local landfills with unused supplies, we collect them and our amazing volunteers sort, repackage and prepare them for distribution in the U.S. and abroad.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am greatly impressed by this organization and encourage all to support their wonderful work.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MedShare is amazing - enough said. They provide much needed medical equipment and supplies to countries around the world. They change lives and save lives!

1

Former staff

Rating: 5

MedShare is one of the most wonderful MSROs around! Volunteering with this organization is incredible -- you are physically preparing boxes for those in desperate need across the globe while also reducing the amount of waste that goes in our landfills. The staff is top-notch too! I started as a volunteer and then spent many years working with them. I can easily say I will always be a MedShare supporter!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MedShare is an extraordinary non-profit with dedicated and caring staff. They collect and redistribute surplus medical supplies and equipment to those people and areas most in need, thus enhancing global healthcare and improving the environment. My son and I have volunteered at MedShare in Atlanta and each time it has been such a meaningful experience. They are very well organized and have everything in place for volunteers to begin working their 3 hour shift when they get there. Volunteers help sort, pack and label the medical
supplies in boxes for shipment. The last time we were there, we helped pack medical supplies for the earthquake stricken areas in Nepal. Our group have also received help from MedShare on our medical missions to impoverished communities in developing countries with little or no access to health care. MedShare is an organization truly worthy of supporting.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the great opportunity to volunteer with this organization for the past two years. They are very well organized, there facility is well maintained and their staff is very welcoming! This organization deserves much more recognition than it currently receives, their work is incredibly and helping the healthcare of many foreign and suffering countries.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a regular volunteer at MedShare in Decatur and the hours I spend there are always fun and give me a sense of having done something tangible. The sort sessions are also a great way to see a cross section of Atlantans who put helping out high on their list; young, oldish, groups, individuals.
MedShare is well organized, which makes it a fun place to spend a few hours. There is enough structure and guidance to keep the process moving so that the groups can make a dent in the never-ending supply of medical supplies that need sorting or boxing.
My #1 volunteering gig!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My coworkers and I have been taking our Surgical Tech students to Medshare for 3 years. It is always such a rewarding experience for them, and a great teaching moment for them to see first-hand how so many common place items that we take for granted (and possibly waste) are so valuable to others around the world. Alvaro and Dr. Bayor have become family to us and are always so grateful for our groups' help. MedShare truly makes a difference by providing the exact supplies needed, not just want they want to send out.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

MedShare's staff, Board, donors and volunteers truly make the most of all resources and opportunities for the benefit of those who do not have access to essential healthcare supplies and equipment. I have watched the organization grow from a visionary start-up (with one staff member in donated warehouse space) to a highly impactful NGO with operations in three key US locations. Recently I joined MedShare's key leaders and donors on a trip to Nicaragua to experience the organization's impact 'on the ground.' I came back even more convinced of MedShare's value and am very thankful for the opportunity to contribute to MedShare.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

MedShare is an exceptionally well run business "with a heart." Having worked in the for-profit world for many, many years, it is so gratifying to be involved with a humanitarian organization that has the discipline of a corporation and a mission that has such a meaningful impact.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with MedShare for over 15 years. It is an outstanding organization that is run with the discipline of business to provide unused life saving medical supplies and refurbished equipment to health care organizations around the globe. MedShare considers the dignity of the recipient and only sends what is needed and requested. The products build the capacity of the health organizations that provide health services.

MedShare also provides supplies for safety net clinics in the US, supplies for medical mission teams, and team building opportunities for those who volunteer for sorting products.

I have personally visited recipient organizations in Ghana, Haiti and Kenya, and other board members have personally visited those in Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Viet Nam to name a few. Seeing the difference the life saving supplies and equipment make in so many health care organizations and for so many people who would otherwise not be served is truly inspiring.

We often talk about MedShare Magic that allows so much to be done with the resources that are seized, but it is truly the result of the real passion and leadership that is provided by the staff and so many members of the board. Yet, MedShare is never satisfied with what is, and is stretching to better communiciate the mission. Explicating the theory of change, along with the appropriate measures of processes, outputs and ultimately impacts is viewed as essential.

Review from Guidestar

Barbara206

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Medshare for 3 years. I was so impressed by their welcoming attitude and openness to answer any and all questions. I love the fact while helping the many poor countries with needed medical supplies were also keeping this medical waste out of our landfill - it's a win win. Come volunteer at Medshare - you won't be disappointed!

Paul160

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a current Western Region Council member and former Board member of MedShare, I still feel so privileged to be part of this extraordinary organization. The passion of staff and volunteers for MedShare's mission and work in both the U.S. and around the world is limitless. Everyone takes such pride in helping those in need at local safety net clinics, at hospitals and clinics in developing countries, and particularly in times of crisis, including the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the horrendous typhoons in the Philippines or the continuing Ebola crisis in West Africa. All of these efforts depend on financial donations and the thousands of volunteers who help sort surplus medical supplies and equipment which would otherwise go into landfill. MedShare definitely deserves all the accolades it receives and more!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at MedShare for about 2 years. I know nothing about medical supplies, but I don't need to, because there are lots of medically knowledgeable people who are happy to help me decide which bins the supplies should go into. The only qualifications you need to be of help at MedShare are the ability to stand for 3 hours (with a sit-down break midway through) and the ability to match-up identical items. If you volunteer at MedShare you will be among friendly folks who have in common a desire to help other people. Sign up today!!

Donor

Rating: 5

MedShare is an incredible humanitarian aid organization that effectively sources surplus, essential medical supplies and equipment and ensures they get to communities in need around the world. Whether you are looking for an impactful volunteer opportunity for yourself or your employees, I would encourage you to sign up for a volunteer sort at one of their warehouses. It is a great way to be introduced to this organization and see first-hand what makes their mission worth supporting! I promise you will walk away feeling like you made a tangible difference!