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Global Links

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Health, International, International Development, International Relief, Public Health, Recycling

Mission: Global Links is a medical relief and development organization dedicated to supporting health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities and promoting environmental stewardship in the US healthcare system. Global Links’ collaborative efforts include: -Redirecting still-useful materials away from US landfills to support public health programs in targeted communities throughout the Western Hemisphere -Sharing expertise and technical knowledge with international and domestic partners -Educating partners, volunteers, and the community on issues of global health and environmental stewardship

Results: Since 1989 Global Links has provided 100 countries with materials worth more than $186 million.

Target demographics: Global Links collaborates with officials, administrators and community leaders to ensure our programs support the work of skilled healthcare professionals and help improve the quality of care for their patients. We work with hospital staff in Western Pennsylvania and beyond to develop sustainable practices for surplus collection and recovery.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of patients who have access to higher quality medical care as a result of Global Links' strategic partnerships. 50+ healthcare facilities in the US with whom we partner to achieve more environmentally responsible operations.

Geographic areas served: Global Links supports health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities, primarily in the Western Hemisphere. Global Links collaborates with US healthcare institutions and the community to recover hundreds of tons of high-quality surplus medical materials every year that would otherwise be sent to landfills.

Programs: Global Links’ International Medical Aid Program partners with public health authorities to strengthen health systems for measurable impact in the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Our Community Partners Program supports fellow nonprofit organizations in the US that benefit from our materials and experience. Our Environmental Stewardship in Healthcare Program educates a compassionate network of healthcare professionals who work to share surplus with colleagues in resource-poor communities and provides a socially and environmentally responsible alternative to sending still-useful surplus materials to landfills.

Community Stories

307 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They do incredible work at Global Links. What better way to recycle than to take medical equipment that was going to be thrown away and send it to countries that can desperately use it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Global Links is an amazing organization. With a small dedicated staff and well-managed volunteers, they retrieved and sent 34 shipping containers of usable medical equipment to serve the health needs of poor citizens around the world. This highly-focused recycling program is extraordinary. Global Links staff make visits to donating and receiving hospitals, communicate directly with hospital administrators, doctors and surgeons to determine precisely what is needed. This organization represents the best in environmental protection coupled with improved healthcare worldwide. They are terrific!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I have seen exhibited at Global Links more than other organizations I've volunteered or worked for is a true commitment to reducing waste to an absolute minimum. Whether it is re-purposing and re-directing perfectly good medical supplies to its constituents, or simply performing its own internal day-to-day activities, Global Links keeps a reduced footprint at the forefront of its operational objectives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Global Links is one of my favorite nonprofits. They excel at three different things: (1) working with local health centers to retrieve appropriate furnishings, supplies, and equipment and divert them from landfills; (2) working volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and educating them on their mission; (3) working closely with overseas health centers to identify their specific needs and capabilities and sending them only what they need and ensuring it will be properly used and maintained.

18 devillec

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am familiar with globalinks for now over 12 years. While I have seen many organizations collecting unused medical material or supplies for developing countries, Globalinks is outstanding by its ability to combine environment friendly processing and matching of donors needs. Many others NGOs collect the equipement, they barely clean it and "dump it"on health facilities in poorer countries. Instead of being destroyed safely in the US, the medicines and material, which in most cases in unsusable or inappropriate, are discarder in hazardous conditions or clogged the corridors of the hospitals and warehouses. GlobaLinks is standing out by its genuine concern for quality, appropriateness of the equipement and its support in terms of spareparts. Reusable surgical supplies instead of being lost sometimes without being used once are benefitting of an extended life. Environment and patients both benefit!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Global Links is the best and most enlightened charity I have ever had the honor of being involved with. It serves a dual function which is incredibly necessary in today's world: (1) it takes perfectly good medical surplus which would otherwise be sent to a landfill, and (2) sends it to 9 Latin American countries where the people desperately need it. In addition, the staff is incredibly dedicated and friendly. I feel that my time and money are put to great use by this organization, 97% of all donations going directly to the charitable mission itself rather than overhead, and I am proud to be a Board member.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think this is a great organization with two very important goals - reducing waste that is tossed needlessly into landfills and sending much needed medical supplies to underdeveloped countries.

18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a wonderful organization that keeps America's landfills from filling up with still useful medical supplies that are sent and utilized in needy countries.

18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GlobalLinks does a fantastic job of saving the environment and people's lives by taking excess medical supplies that would end up in a landfill and distributing them to hospitals in need in developing nations. As a volunteer, who sorts and packages the supplies, I know that I am making an incredible difference in the lives of people who have not done anything wrong, but just don't have access to a resource-rich healthcare system. By utilizing volunteers, overhead costs are kept down and a higher percentage of monetary donations may be utilized for programmatic tasks, such as shipping costs. GlobalLinks may be my favorite nonprofit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization!! They do very important work and are always excited. They are very organized and have work organized for volunteers. It is always my pleasure to volunteer for this organization!