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Mission: Project C.U.R.E.'s mission is to identify, solicit, collect, sort and deliver medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world.

Results: Project C.U.R.E. delivers three to four semi-truck trailer sized containers of medical relief every week on average. By volume, we are currently the world’s largest distributor of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing nations.

Target demographics: Hospitals, clinics, and medical professionals and the patients in their care in more than 130 developing countries.

Geographic areas served: Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief to hospitals and clinics in more than 130 countries. Visit our website at projectcure.org for a complete list of the countries we have served or are in the process of serving. Project C.U.R.E. also has large distribution centers in Denver, Chicago, Phoenix, Houston, Nashville, and Philadelphia. Our international headquarters are in Denver, CO.

Programs: Project C.U.R.E. has a variety of programs that support our mission to deliver health and hope to the world! C.U.R.E. Cargo delivers 40-foot semi-trailer sized cargo containers carrying medical donations to hospitals, clinics, and community health centers in developing countries. Since 2011, we have collaborated with Stryker to provide Stryker Kits equipped with orthopedic drill sets, as well as neuro and spine kits. C.U.R.E. Kits are suitcase sized, pre-packed duffels of basic medical supplies that can be easily transported and checked as luggage on international trips to communities in need. Kits for Kids is a simple, powerful package filled with personal hygiene and basic “medicine cabinet” items. These Kits allow parents to provide their children with basic care at home. C.U.R.E. Clinics are almost completely run by volunteers, and they make a lasting impact on the communities around the globe by providing free medical assistance and educational training to thousands of patients and healthcare providers. Over 2017, C.U.R.E. Clinics completed 20 Clinics and training trips to 12 countries and served nearly 7,500 patients and trainees. Through the Philanthrotravel program, participants can volunteer with the country’s medical community and meet with patients and staff in hospitals in need, and engage with community leaders and experience a country’s unique culture. Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is a neonatal resuscitation curriculum. Project C.U.R.E. assists with training Master Trainers, who can then go on to train more nurses and midwives in the community. We also donate medical tools, training kits, educational workbooks and newborn mannequins. The ProC.U.R.E. program works with hospitals and medical manufacturers nationwide to collect life-saving medical equipment and supplies. Saving Mothers, Giving Life is a program created by USAID, and Project C.U.R.E. is a leadership partner. We have shipped forty one 40-foot containers to more than 120 health facilities just through our involvement in this specific program.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jonny Imerman     CLOZTALK    ImermanAngels

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GREAT mission, GREAT team! the CLOZTALK team is honored to call this org a partner & promote its good work!

CLOZTALK team
>> Jonny Imerman, co-founder

Leah M

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a Project C.U.R.E. volunteer for almost a year, and since the day I started there's been no looking back. As a former Peace Corps volunteer and insatiable traveler I was already attracted to their mission and vision, and I had always been impressed with their transparency and scores on Charity Navigator. As a volunteer I worked in their international headquarters until Covid-19 hit, and during that time it was clear that staffers live and breathe the mission (which speaks volumes from a volunteer standpoint).

I now volunteer remotely for their clinic programs, and I'm constantly finding new ways to engage with the organization. I've also heard firsthand from partners on the ground who hold Project C.U.R.E. in the highest esteem and affirm that every dollar spent enriches lives and health around the world. Being positioned "behind the curtain" of an organization can be eye-opening in more ways than one, but I've witnessed nothing but dedication, joy, and tenacity when it comes to getting the job done, especially when dealing with a pandemic. They will definitely be benefitting from my time, talent, and treasure for years to come!

Steve C.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for this organization for many years in different roles. I have traveled on mission trips, sorted in the warehouse, served on the board and collected supplies/equipment. The people of the organization could not be more giving and dedicated than they are. The organization is highly efficient and based so much on charity and volunteerism, that one feels secure in the knowledge that their time, energy and donations are going to the cause itself and not to a bureaucracy. A truly unique and rewarding organization to be a part of. Thank you Project C.U.R.E!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The core beliefs and follow through action of this non profit are amazing. I so love the leadership, the whole premise and what they accomplish. AND to pivot to the US and our needs this year is beyond amazing.

Thank you CURE! We need more of you to increase love, prosperity and peace!

Doreen Totaro L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Project C.U.R.E. serves such an essential role, both state-side and around the globe. Their U.S. operations of reclaiming surplus medical supplies, inventoring and matching them to specific needs assessments, and managing hundreds of volunteers for their various warehouse locations in the states is staggering. The efficiency and effectiveness of this mission is beyond impressive.
Worldwide, Project C.U.R.E. plays a vital role in educating and equipping the under-served with life saving medical supplies and equipment.
I have traveled with them and enthusiastically donate to them - most recently shipping hospital beds to a sorely needed area.

Kathy W.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Project CURE in the sorting area for the past 5 years. I help go through donated boxes of medical supplies, sort them by category, then count, pack and inventory them. I have also volunteered a couple of times during their Super Sort Saturday events. I have also been a group leader and have organized sorting events for nurses and nursing students. As a nurse, working at Project CURE is a tangible way for me to help support nurses and caregivers throughout the world in providing care to patients.

Patricia K.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Our Rotary club has worked with Project C.U.R.E. and we were very pleased with the experience. They are doing great work and helping people in many places.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a retired Emergency Department nurse and my husband is a retired Physical Therapist. We have been volunteering for 20 years with Project C.U.R.E., more than half of that time 5 days a week. This an amazing organization that provides medical supplies to developing countries from the over abundance of our US supplies. We work along side a great group of other volunteers and the few wonderful paid staff to provide life-saving equipment and supplies to countries with very few resources to provide adequate medical services to their people. Project C.U.R.E. also conducts clinics to these countries, where individuals - both medical and non medical - can go to the country to provide clinics and serve along side the local medical staffs. With the thousands of volunteers across the nation, Project C.U.R.E. is able to operate on a 2 percent overhead. They have warehouses in 7 different cities - Denver, Nashville, Phoenix, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Kansas City.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project CURE provides supplies to medically under-served countries. We have sent beds to hospitals where patients share a bed without a mattress, wheelchairs where they previously transported patients on wheeled kitchen chairs, and bandages where the nurses had to wash and reuse their gauze.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I knew very little about Project Cure when I asked them to help me get some me get some wheelchairs into Mexico. They were amazingly kind and supportive about my tiny problem, and I decided on the spot to become a volunteer. I have no medical experience, but they needed truck drivers. As a career people and project manager -- and a woman 5'2" tall -- this was a radical idea! But they encouraged me, and I soon learned how to back a big truck up to a dock, handle a pallet jack, and safely load a truck with all kinds of different loads. Everyone I work with is enthused, motivated, positive, and helpful. Each one of us seems to get a lot of satisfaction about accomplishing our little piece of the very complex set of steps it takes to get medical supplies to far-away countries. They treat their volunteers very well, with lots of gratitude and caring, including monthly meetings so we can keep up with the big picture of shipments made and supplies received all around the world. I'm very proud to be a Project Cure truck driver!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Project C.U.R.E. is a nonprofit that is designed around the volunteer experience and centered on volunteer input. There are nearly 1,000 volunteers for each single paid staff. This means a lot of opportunity for leadership roles in addition to regular volunteer opportunities. And Project C.U.R.E. operates large warehouses in seven U.S. cities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tigrian-Ethiopian Americans and American friends of Ethiopia residing in the Denver Metro area applied for assistance of medical equipment and supplies from Project C.U.R.E. to be donated to a rural hospital in Tigray, northern Ethiopia. Our application was approved with two requirements. First, we had to pay $4,000 for Project C.U.R.E. to send an on-site assessor to the recipient hospital to determine its requirements. Second, we had to raise funds to pay for the shipment of the container to the hospital.
Volunteers from the Tigrian community in the diaspora helped load the container at the Project C.U.R.E. warehouse in Denver. The container was finally shipped by sea to the Port of Djibouti and from there trucked overland to the Dry Port in Mekelle, the principal city in the state of Tigray, for customs clearance, after which, the container was successfully delivered to the recipient hospital to the great joy of hospital staff and local residents.
The port fees and the overland transport costs were borne by the Tigray Regional Bureau of Health (TRBH) in collaboration with the Tigray Development Association (TDA), an NGO.
We had logistical and communication issues that were overcome by the full cooperation from the staff of Project C.U.R.E. and the offices of TRBH and TDA. The whole process from the beginning to the end took about two years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people that run and volunteer at Project Cure don't make a lot of noise or spend a lot of time bragging about what they do there. When at Project Cure, volunteers are immediately put to work sorting, cleaning, repairing and packing donated medical supplies that are then shipped to over 130 countries that have proven specific clinical needs. Even in America, when the pandemic reached us and PPE's were in short supply, Project Cure pivoted to providing these essentials back to medical centers, assisted living facilities, and other institutions needing them in Colorado and around the US. Volunteers, some from medical backgrounds, and many not, are incredibly dedicated to the work of Project Cure because while they are delivering tangible benefits to many thousands of people, they are also putting to meaningful purpose the surplus medical supplies of America. This is an organization it is a pleasure to be a part of and support.

Roberta B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Project C.U.R.E. for over 18 years. Dedicated volunteers are the heart of the organization. When viewing news coverage of health care in developing countries it is easy to see what hospitals have benefitted from Project C.U.R.E. Some of our volunteers were former health care workers at clinics supported by the organization. They were impressed with the Project C.U.R.E. and have come to volunteer.

Jonathan M.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Project CURE for 13+ years. I'm a huge fan of what they do. People can leverage a couple of hours in their home town - doing good that impacts much of the developing world - delivering health, hope, and love. It is such a beautiful thing.

MarcusN

Volunteer

Rating: 5

People are most vulnerable when they are sick. The reality is that many places don't even have even the most basic medical supplies. It's hard for many of us to imagine a doctor or nurse having to reuse needles or gloves because they have nothing; sadly, this happens every day. There are many great doctors and nurses that just need equipment and supplies to help them heal their patients. Project C.U.R.E. does due diligence by sending trained assessors to these hospitals to meet with the doctors to determine their true needs. Then Project C.U.R.E partners with U.S. hospitals to get donated medical supplies and equipment. They then organize and test it, doing it with thousands of volunteers. I have had the honor of being one of those volunteers. I have seen firsthand the lifesaving work this organization does. I have even traveled to a hospital in Mali carrying medical supplies, being able to experience it was life-changing. I don't know of any other organization that does so much with the funding they receive. Supporting Project C.U.R.E will truly save lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project C.U.R.E. is an extraordinary nonprofit organization. It builds community to help community. The staff and legion of dedicated volunteers in Denver make a difference for people around the world. It is rewarding to pitch in, to come as a group of friends, colleagues, or family to join Project C.U.R.E in the embrace of wellbeing for all. Thank you for the opportunity to help.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project C.U.R.E. is one of the finest nonprofits I have ever known. I have volunteered with them, and have the highest regard for their founder, Jim Jackson, and their President, Doug Jackson. They have made it one of the organizations that help people all over the world who really need their medical supplies and equipment. They have saved countless lives due to their outreach in such an intelligent and timely manner. They are just the very best.

David M.20

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi, we have the opportunity to work together Project CURE, The Rotary Foundation, Heart2Heart Fellowship Rotarians US&Mexico and Rotary Club Zona Rosa Mexico City.

On March 5, 2020, we deliver a semi truck container whit 60 electric beads ($300,000 USD) for 2 hospitals in State of Mexico (30/30).

On March 18, was declare the Sanitary Emergency Covid19 and all the Contry shut down. At the same time the General Hospital of Ecatepec (State of Mexico) was declare a Covid19 Emergency Hospital, thanks to the 30 electric beads this hospital be avail to put this 30 EB in the Emergency Room and the old 30 beads were put on a emergency tent on the hospital parking lot to be available to receive more patients.



Thanks so mucho Project CURE!



David Machain

Rotary Club Zona Rosa

Mexico City, D.4170.

Kevin A.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Project C.U.R.E. is a non-profit company that helps underdeveloped countries by providing medical supplies, from bandaids to x-ray machines, at no cost to them. All of these supplies are donated, from corporations to the general public, and placed into warehouses (located in various states across the U.S.), in which the warehouse space is also donated to Project C.U.R.E. Amazing volunteers fill large shipping containers with all of these donations that are shipped to hospitals all over the world. Saving lives, one container, one donation, one hospital at a time!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project C.U.R.E. really does life-changing work! Not only did they donate over $3,000,000 in PPE supplies to our frontlines and healthcare heroes during the COVID-19 crisis but they continue to send relief to developing countries in need. As a volunteer, getting to see this impact is incredible!! Knowing that when you load even one container with supplies they will be used to bring health to communities that need it is priceless. . . Truly one of the best organizations I know!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I like this non-profit for several reason. They use my money well - only 2% overhead. They ask people what they need (related to medical supplies) and than send those items if they have them vs dumping supplies.

1 Jimmy D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With just a handful of staff and 15,000+ volunteers, Project C.U.R.E. makes a daily impact on the worlds healthcare in developing country's clinics and hospitals. Delivering much needed surplus medical supplies and technology is spreading health & hope throughout the world.
Volunteers are the 'lifeblood' of this amazing organization and giving YOUR time to sorting medical supplies in one of their many warehouses across the USA or volunteering in many other ways literally saves lives all over the globe! I can't think of a better place for your time, talent or treasure to be given.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We visited to talk about our ongoing project to address cardiac care in Rwanda for the vulnerable people, children and teens. The staff was great and so helpful as we talked about what was needed. This is an amazing organization that keeps products and equipment out of the landfill and gives it a chance to continue to save lives! We look forward to continuing to work together! Since 2009, every chest opened for cardiac surgery in Rwanda was thanks to Project C.U.R.E !

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our Gateway Community College students in our Surgical Technology and Hospital Central Service program participate at project cure every fall semester to help organize medical supplies and instruments that they are learning in the program. Each year the students have enriched experience in service learning on a global level thanks to project cure. The staff is so wonderful to work with!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization and opportunity to volunteer. I would love to walk for Ghana on Saturday!

1 Ruth Garcia S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In September 2017 a Project C.U.R. E. volunteer was vacationing in Germany and the Czech Republic. She would tune into the BBC each evening to hear the latest news. Every night the station aired heartbreaking photos of the Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar’s Rakhine State to reach Bangladesh. Over 700,000 people fled as villages were burned and violence spread. The media spoke of genocide and ethnic cleansing. She had just visited a Holocaust memorial in Berlin and was overwhelmed to think that ethnic cleansing was happening yet again. The refugees were far away and the ability to assist in any way seemed remote.

Then, it occurred to her that Project C.U.R.E. might be able to send a disaster relief container. It was difficult to find the partner that would help Project C.U.R.E. to ship and deliver the container full of much needed supplies especially since Bangladesh was experiencing torrential rain and massive flooding. Dr. Doug Jackson connected with a partner who had just returned from the region where the Rohingyan refugee camp is located in Cox’s Bazaar. Ruth Sanchez, the Phoenix Executive Director, relentlessly pursued a path to get medical supplies into Bangladesh. After multiple emails and conference calls with the Bangladesh Army and other affiliated non-profits working in Bangladesh, Project C.U.R.E. partnered with key individuals to solidify and confirm plans to ship the containers.

What appeared unachievable at first, due to delays in shipping the disaster container to the Rohingyans, soon became a reality. On August 8th the disaster relief container was loaded. It is now in transit and should arrive in Bangladesh the end of October.

The dream of one volunteer came to life and it was perseverance, persistence and partnership required for the shipment for a community that needs help assistance and hope. Together, we can make more dreams come true, the dream of one, and the dreams for many.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Travis and Charles of ProjectCURE visited the remotest corners of North Eastern Nigeria to assess equipment and supply needs of some 19 healthcare facilities. Their dedication to what they do, compassion in how they do it and sincerity of purpose while they do what they do is exemplary and awe inspiring. If charity is the act of putting others above self, for these gentlemen to leave the safety and comfort of their homes in the US and travel some 7,600 miles to an area publicized for Boko Haram insecurity is beyond charity...
... its a sacrifice.

2 Aubrey B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project C.U.R.E. is a wonderful organization that helps those in need of medical supplies and care around the world. Besides being the world's largest distributor of donated medical goods and supplies, they also offer both clinic and training trips around 20 times a year for volunteer medical staff to provide care to those in need in developing countries. Project C.U.R.E. clinic teams work with in-country partners to assess and sustainably care for the most common medical needs in that community. These trips not only save lives, but they provide an inspiring and rewarding experience for the medical professionals that participate in them. The best part? The smiling faces of the people that are served.

Project C.U.R.E.'s next trip leaves for Cambodia in January of 2020. Check out their website for more information.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved working with project CURE. I volunteered at the Phoenix warehouse and Travis was a fantastic leader. You can tell he truly believes in this company and their mission. It's amazing what gets done considering they run almost solely on volunteers. Thanks for letting us be a part of your organization!

Douglas J.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

It was 1987. My father, an extremely successful real estate developer in Colorado, had donated the vast majority of his wealth to charity. In an effort to give back on his knowledge and experience, he was working as a pro-bono economic consultant with the President of Brazil. His interpreter, a young medical student, took him to a small favela health clinic. There were only a rudimentary exam area and very limited supplies. It touched my father's heart and he returned to his home in the mountains outside of Denver, collected a garage full of medical supplies and delivered them to Brazil. Thirty-two years later, we have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in over 135 countries. This month alone, we will deliver 22 semi-truck sized containers of medical relief to people who would not otherwise have a chance at health and life. And we have provided thousands of volunteer hours, trained hundreds of doctors and nurses and served scores of communities with hands-on healthcare. This organization is powered by over 30,000 volunteers, and reaches across the U.S.A. to provide for people around the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered 2 hours with Project C.U.R.E in their warehouse. I was overwhelmed with just how full the warehouse is of medical supplies! I know I was helping to make a difference around the world by giving two hours of my saturday to help sort medical donations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

While working as an intern at Project C.U.R.E., I was able to make an impact globally while still living and working domestically. I really felt my time here was well spent, and that my efforts directly contributed to the overall success and mission of the organization. The people who work at Project C.U.R.E. are hardworking, dedicated, and overall amazing people to be surrounded by on a daily basis.

The work this organization does is not only noble, but extremely important in helping alleviate problems of inadequate health care in developing countries. In my opinion, what sets Project C.U.R.E. apart from other international aid organizations is the method by which supplies are delivered. Unlike other organizations, Project C.U.R.E. ensures that only necessary and relevant medical supplies are delivered to a clinic site after a thorough, first hand assessment of the recipient institution. This means donated medical supplies are used as intended without the waste or fear of fund siphoning that can occur with generic monetary donations. Personally, I feel Project C.U.R.E. could serve as a template for similar organizations about how to maximize impact in the lives of others while minimizing the room for waste and error.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am just finishing up a 10 week internship with PROJECT C.U.R.E. I was interested in this organization because of the unique way they combine green practices (reducing medical waste) and global healthcare. The staff here is welcoming, motivated and hard working. Everyone seems to work towards the same goal: Delivering life-giving medical supplies and equipment to resource-starved hospitals and clinics.
I really respect the process that they follow before they even ship the supplies over. Each clinic or hospital that request supplies is first evaluated by a volunteer, who travels to that hospital or clinic to see first-hand what the needs are. Then a report if filled and the needs are matched in the best way we can based on the supplies in the different warehouses. I appreciate that PROJECT C.U.R.E tries its best to be the best stewards with the resources they have been given.
I also LOVE the fact that with PROJECT C.U.R.E you really can "track" where your donation goes to. They always have several large containers headed to various countries around the world that you can pledge your money to.