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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

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not many times you are blessed with opportunities to help out. In working with High School students you get to see the best side of teenagers. Here at Fox Chapel High School, we have established a Spanish Club that has gone strong for over 10 years. The students in the club have made the focus of our efforts to help children in Uruguay (my country of origin). It is effortless for me to be passionate about this cause but this idea would not have had the impact it had if it had not been for the patience and humbleness of Global Links. Global Links is no longer for me a Pittsburgh based organization (my hometown since 1992) that makes us proud. To me it is the group of caring and understanding (needless to say, bilingual) people led by Kathy whom I met personally a couple of years ago when she helped load a 10 foot container of medical supplies. Destination: small town's only hospital in Trinidad, Uruguay.
Despite many ups and downs GL worked around difficulties and differences and helped me make this happen. Everybody benefited but the most valuable lesson I hope was learned by our students at FC. Thanks Global Links. Myriam Fontes (Spanish Teacher and Spanish Club Sponsor at Fox Chapel High School, Pittsburgh PA)

Donor

Rating: 4

I am an occasional donor to global links through my job as a medical supply sales rep. Global Links is a great conduit to get medical surplus to countries where it can be used to save lives and improve the health of the inhabitants. Their relationships with local hospitals and physican offices gives them access to products that these places would otherwise throw away. Global Links provides a valuable service to the local and international community.

Donor

Rating: 5

Global Links lives up to its name: it links vital supplies to hospitals in need in Latin America and the Caribbean that come from hospitals in the USA that would otherwise simply throw them away. In the process, Global Links very consciously contributes to the greening of our US hospitals and clinics!
As a person who has donated to Global Links, I do so because they also work with nearly 2,000 volunteers annually, and not only use their skills and hours, but also educate them about global health and the environment.
Finally, Global Links cooperates fully with its partner hospitals, other non-profits, and the Pan American Health Organization. Bravo!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Global Links does a wonderful job of recycling perfectly usable medical equipment that is too often discarded in favor of newer technology. They enforce high self-imposed standards that require them to only distribute equipment and supplies that can be serviced for future repair needs and that have not exceeded an expiration date. Many items that have been donated rather than discarded only need new wheels, simple cleaning and paint. These minor repairs restore the equipment, prevent inexcusible waste and facilitate patient care in distant lands. Other items need to be grouped together based on the medical application.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have worked with Global Links to assist them with relief efforts for Haiti. They are very professional and responsive and the experience with them has shown them to be attentive stewards of the financial and product support they receive.
Jock Menzies, president, The American Logistics Aid Network

Nefrolempa C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

in my country EL Salvador, Global Links had been an solidary organization in the fight against the chronic kidney disease. in a year 3913 persons, 1020 families, and 10 communities are beneficiated with the support that Global Links to help us. the program nefrolempa had been developed from 2009.. visit us in http://www.facebook.com/nefrolempa
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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a Board Member for Global Links and also a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School for Public and International Affairs. Part of the course work for my master's program focuses on accountability in responsible public leadership. Global Links exemplifies this principle, in the process they use to donate medical supplies to Latin American hospitals. The Global Links program officers work with their Latin American counterparts to ensure that the Latin American hospitals only receive medical supplies that they can use. By doing this, the organization responsibly ensures that the supplies sent will be used by the hospitals in need, and not discarded in Latin American landfills.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Global Links for several years. The staff has consistently been friendly, organized and enthusiastic about their wrok. The volunteer contributions are appreciated and necessary for this program to succeed. I will continue to support GLobal Links with my time and work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough great things about this organization. They really touch on something that is SO hard to do-- hold tight to strict ecological values while simultaneously ensuring proper healthcare to the underserved. This organization is all about sharing, reusing, conserving and goodwill. I've NEVER had a bad experience with Global Links.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Global Links for over 20 years. I have seen the organization grow from a dream to be one of the best run nonprofits. Its duel mission - to reduce medical surplus in the United States and put that surplus to productive use in developing countries - was unique. Now, although there are others in the field, the attention to detail is what separates Global Links. Every recipient's particular needs are carefully considered and fulfilled with useful surplus. If a particular piece of equipment, for example, requires electricity and the recipient clinic is in an area with repeated outages, Global Links will find generators or try to find backups that can be useful when there is no electricity. The people who work with Global Links are literally infected with joy in the job, hope for a better future and caring for their community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was initially attracted to Global Links through their work in the Dominican Republic. About four years ago, I joined the staff of Global Links but had to resign because of a family illness. Later I was invited to join the board and have served in that capacity for three years. So I have an intimate knowledge of the organization from three different perspectives. Some unique strengths i see in Global Links are: a visionary executive director, a dedicated and talented staff, a clear mission, an efficient use of time and resources, and strong relationships with host countries. These are but a few of the reasons that Global Links is able to exceed its goals every year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Each year, healthcare facilities in the U.S. discard 2,000 tons of usable medical supplies. Global Links recognized the value of this material for developing countries that are struggling with the problem of providing healthcare for its citizens. Too often, clinics in developing countries simply do not have the necessary medical supplies to respond to the needs of their patients. Global Links salvages medical supplies and equipment that normally would be discarded in landfills. These materials are sorted, packaged and shipped to developing countries primarily in Central and South America. I am impressed by the dedication of the staff and volunteers connected with Global Links in carrying out the mission of the organization. It's a non-profit that should be recognized not only for its environmental stewardship, but also for its impact on the quality of life for people in developing countries.

Sabira C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Global Links is a nonprofit in Pittsburgh, PA that has turned recycling to an art form!

I have been aware of the organization for more than 10 years and am personally aware of the work they do in Latin American countries to refurbish durable medical supplies and equipment to countries most in need.

Global Links staff assisted our organization in figuring out how to donate unused, unexpired HIV medications to the province of Matanzas, Republic of Cuba. Pittsburgh has a sister city relationship with Matanzas.

Because the rate of HIV/AIDS is so low in Cuba, our small organization was able to make an impact on the men and women living with HIV in Mantanzas and Global Links provided great guidance.

They are my favorite nonprofit and are willing to talk to hospitals around the world to provide assistance even if the hospitals are not in countries they they currently serve.

Lisa

Donor

Rating: 5

We teamed up with Global Links almost 3 years ago to be a collection site for our area, Washington PA. We also decided to do an extra colleciton with Global Links for Haiti Relief, which had great response by customers and members of the community that called/stopped daily bringing crutches, walkers, canes - some with MULTIPLE items, some came to both collections! By partnering with Global Links, we brought awareness of global Issues to our local community and knowledge of Global Links' goal to environment responsibility and are proud to continue this relationship annually.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Global Links is one of the best run and most respected nonprofits in our region. By reburbishing used medical equipment, it both improves medical care in the developing world and protects our environment locally by recycling this equipment and keeping it out of landfills. I'm proud to be a part of this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I was initially attracted to global links because of its unique mission of addressing the healthcare needs of providers in developing countries through environmental stewardship here in the United States. Now seventeen years later, I continue to be engaged in global links' efforts because of the organization’s incredible progress in building the capacity of hospitals and clinics in Latin America and the Caribbean through evermore efficient and effective recovery and recycling of surplus medical supplies and equipment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've both volunteered and been a donor to Global Links for many years. The organization's mission is to recycle medical equipment and supplies that would otherwise be discarded by US hospitals, but which provide life saving supplies to clinics and hospitals in some of the poorest regions of Central and South America. And they do all this with a skeleton staff, of incredibly dedicated, hardworking, and knowlegeable people, and many volunteers like me who sort and pack the donated material.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

since I am a Franciscan associate, with an option for the poor, I was very happy to work at Global Links helping the poor worldwide

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Global Links has been impressive by their vigorous attempts to recycle many of the hospital materials that have been, traditionally, thrown away. The main emphasis has been in the use or sutures from the OR. In the past, once the initial outer wrapping is removed on suture material, if it has not been used, it was thrown away. However the 2nd cover keeps the suture still sterile. Consequenty, it can be used easily in the third world medical community where sterile suture material can be hard to obtain. Global Links now has several of the hospitals in the Pittsburgh area well attuned to the need to recycle their materials. They are even encouraging donations of more durable OR materials that are no longer being used. Consequently several ORs in centra American countries and in Cuba have helped immeasurably by the donations provided by Global Links. I personally have been able to make use of the sutures and surgical equipment on mission trips to Niger.

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with Global Links is limited (donating crutches and one day volunteering sorting and packing). But this place is amazing from the incredibly dedicated staff to the enormous volume of medical supplies recycled. I've worked for years in hospitals as an imaging technologist and am constantly depressed about the amount of waste that is generated. Global Links serves such a vital role in channelling
our unwanted medical supplies to poorer countries.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was visiting Pittsburgh for a week and wanted to find a way to get involved in some volunteer work that makes the city so great. I found Global Links, and ended up spending a large amount of time there. It was easy to see the amazing vision that has resulted in a truly world-changing nonprofit, and my passion for it has not lessened since returning home. It was easy to jump in and help, which I loved, and I think that's one reason it's such a strong organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering with Global Links so much that I have bugged them about what all of their volunteer opportunities are. They have openings all the time for anyone to volunteer. I tend to volunteer twice a month. They do evenings and weekends to fit in people who work day jobs. The staff is wonderful; always open to suggestions and ideas on how to make things work better. Everyone is super nice and very comfortable and friendly to be around. They are also environmentally friendly, there are a plethora of recycling options at the office and the whole organization is a recycling shop. They take medical supplies that local hospitals/medical providers were going to throw away and send them to people in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All of my experiences at Global Links have been fantastic. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. Before volunteering they gave my group an introduction to their nonprofit and the populations they serve. They were tireless answering all of our questions and were so forthcoming with information that I felt very exited to be helping out. Global Links gave me the best experience I have ever had cleaning crutches for children!

Donor

Rating: 5

I still remember the day when Global Links got its name. I was there.
Many years ago three intelligent women got together and started this organization without money but with vision and great dedication. They wanted to help people who where ill and had no resources. For many years now the organization still does that. They find things that nobody will use here anymore and send them to those who needs them.
Global Links is a very special organization. Every time I come to Pittsburgh and visit them I am amazed how many new projects had been accomplished and how hard they work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Since being on the Board, Global Links has shipped around 80 containers of medical supplies (all re-claimed from healthcare facilities here) to 9 Latin American & Caribbean countries, keeping our environment clean and saving lives at the same time! This is the best charity I've had the honor of being involved with.

Donor

Rating: 5

I work in a hospital that recycles unused equipment and new medical supplies that we no longer use through Global Links. It is amazing to see the products acculmulate that in the past would have been disposed of but are now used in underdeveloped countries. Global Links presence in our organization has raised awareness for recycling in the broadest sense and the follow-up by their representatives continues to reinforce our diligence.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Global Links has continually donated much needed supplies for the community projects of Building New Hope (also a Pittsburgh-based NGO)
that is at work in Nicaragua. THeir donations help to serve individuals in need, small clinics, and an animal health care center. They do so willingly and with an "eye" for our needs --- often contributing very useful material that we are not aware of but indeed useful.

Because of GLobal Links we are able to manage our small budget that is kept afloat by indiviudal donations. We serve countless more people in need that we ever expected.

DOnna Tabor, Project Coordinator
Building New Hope
Granada, Nicaraga

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Global Links a few months ago and it has forever left a lasting impression on me... Their goal is to collect and distribute surplus medical supplies to countries in need. Just walking into their facility and seeing the amount of some of the simplest materials was overwhelming... how much we waste!

Before starting our work, we were shown a wonderful video presentation on the purpose of their mission, how the supplies are collected, where they are distributed, and how and by whom they are used. This was fantastic because it really drove it home for me and made me feel like this volunteer work really had a purpose... and I knew because I could "see" the benefits. We then worked to sort through bins of the items and determine what was still usable, etc.

Quite simply, this organization SAVES LIVES.... it deserves national attention and support from around the globe. If everyone took the initiative to follow in Global Links footsteps and conserve their surplus supplies and put them to a good use, imagine the possibilities!!!! :-)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found out about Globel Links thru NAPO. We collected items from the public to donate. That experience has stayed with me and I let everyone I know about their great work. It is awesome to know that they take the time and effort to help people that are in such great need. They have come up with creative ways to recycle that inspire not only adults but children as well. As a parent it gives me great hope knowing there are people willing to take the time to come up with solutions to what other wise would be wasted.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with the Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti for over 20 years as a physician. during much of that time we have had the good fortune of having a relationship with Global Links in Pittsburgh Pa. The organization has provided us with vital supplies including sutures and other essential equipment. They are well organized, efficient and always send durable functioning equipment which can immediately be put to use.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of Global Links when I did a search for where to donate used crutches. There page was very informative. At the time, they were accepting used medical equipment to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The donation center was easy to find + the staff was friendly. It is wonderful what they do to help others by reusing and transporting supplies that would just be discarded.

Donor

Rating: 5

Working for a major Level I trauma hospital center in an urban setting (also non-profit), everyone working in the facility is extremely busy. Even though all who work here are very busy, helping those who are underserved is extremely important as well - even if they are not walking through our doors. Partnering with Global Links was a way to help those in need outside our doors. Global Links made it so easy for our organization to donate items no longer used by our facility to organizations that could put them to good use. They are a no muss, no fuss organization which is exactly what a busy Level I trauma hospital needs!

L. Wesley B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Untold numbers of people die, every year, for lack of sanitary supplies that clog American landfills! Global Links takes those things (that would otherwise be thrown away) and matches them with health centers in other countries that desperately need them. It's a DOUBLE benefit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for a few years now as a member of PAPCA (Pittsburgh Area Peace Corps Association). We are a group of returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Global Links is great! They solicit donations of medical equipment that is otherwise going to waste and send it to folks who need it. Much of the equipment goes to the Caribbean and Latin American area. This is particularly fitting for me as I served with PC in Costa Rica and was a trainer there and in Ecuador. It is a way to remain connected to the people in that area.

Global Links reduces, reuses and recycles. Reduces the waste by putting to use unused hospital supplies that would otherwise go to landfills. Reuses by collecting from the community at large items such as crutches, wheelchairs and home care supplies. Recycles--well, we are recycled Peace Corps Volunteers.

Additionally, in their parking lot Global Links maintains a dumpster for their own paper products. It is available to the entire community. They also made use of AmeriCorps volunteers and countless community volunteer groups like ours. They are so conscious of the value of volunteers that they designate times for individuals who not a part of any organized group to volunteer.

Donor

Rating: 5

This tremendous non-profit, Global Links, operates out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My husband and I became aware of the organization many years ago, as we got to know someone central to its inception. We have watched the organization grow and develop over the years and marveled at their continued efficiency. Their work involved taking medical supplies and equipment that would normally be discarded in America, though still effective, and sharing them with the rest of the under-supplied world. This is a non-profit of great integrity, with a wonderful staff and volunteer force, intent on changing things, one hospital bed and antibiotic packet at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Global Links has a very simple plan. They gather unused hospital equipment and supplies that would normally be discarded in America and send them to needy hospitals in Haiti and other countries. They do this at little cost. We volunteered with this group and the process was so simple. They utilized our time immediately and effectively. We left with a feeling of accomplishment and it was easy to see how much we helped. Their mission serves a double purpose. First, they help out these poor countries and in turn, help out the most needy patients. Secondly, they prevent the excess of our hospitals from ending up in our landfills. It was a very enjoyable experience and I would recommend this charity to anyone wanting to make a difference in our environment.

Martha R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program recycles medical supplies that would normally be discarded.
It helps 3rd world countries immensely.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A medical student friend was going to Malawi with her husband, and she was volunteering in a maternity hospital. She saw a huge need for very basic items. A group of us helped sort donated medical supplies at Global Links and Global Links sent life saving monitors and other supplies to the maternity hospital.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Global Links for four years packaging medical supplies for Third World countries. I volunteer with a group of women from the Junior League of Pittsburgh and we chose Global Links as the focal point for a group volunteer effort. The staff is extremely professional, organized and friendly effectively utilizing our time to benefit their organization as well as providing us with deep satisfaction for our efforts. Super Organization that does important work!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My wife and are both retired now, but for many many years we were involved with Global Kinks. We first became involved when Global Links were just beginning it was quite easy to see the commitment of the Principals in a totally unselfish manner. and staff to helping others. For many rears while we were representing the U.S. government in Nicaragua and when the health systems of the country was in totally shambles, Global Links came to the support. Global Links was spectacular.
In Nicaragua, my wife was responsible for improving the status of the hospitals and health delivery. Not one organization in the entire world made more of an impact than Global Links.
The philosophy of Global Links of taking perfectly good medical products and send them to the needy is truly what they do.
I know of no organization that utilizes a higher percentage of their income for real programs than Global Links.
My story has been replicated hundreds of times over.
Global Links is truly the very best organization that I have ever dealt with.
If Global LInks does not win this award it will truly be a travisty.
Dr. Richard White and Dr. Joanne White

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am pleased that Global Links is able to use refurbished materials and equipment in order to help others around the world. Their mission is inspiring.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sharing Surplus. Saving Lives. No one should die for lack of what we throw away ! Their motto says a lot, but not all of it. Global Links does more than conserve the environment -- they save lives and sustain the environment as a by-product of what they do. This is because they do it intelligently; i.e., they collect the huge amounts of medical supplies and equipment that would otherwise end up in landfills and target these to specific programs that need and will use them, Therefore they will not end up in landfills in the recipient nations.

A thoughtful, humanitarian Mission, carried out by committed, dedicated staff applying their principles in intelligent and consistent ways to do the most good. They fill a need and deserve recognition and support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a real privilege for me to volunteer at Global Links and be a small part of such a great organization. Following are just a few reasons why I think Global Links is so special: It has a small core of very dedicated staff members. All aspects of its work are extremely well organized and efficient without any waste with an absolute minimum outlay for administrative costs. The office and warehouse are housed in no-frills, bare bone buildings. Executive Director, Kathleen Hower, who co-founded the organization more than 20 years age was a visionary, and, with her quiet strength, still guides and sets the tone for Global Links today.

Each Wednesday afternoon, as I leave the Global Links office, I can hardly wait to return the next week.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Global Links is absolutely amazing. When you volunteer your time with this organization, you know that you are truly making an impact. Any item that can be helpful to another individual is sent, no matter how small or seemingly unimportant. Looking at the specific needs of medical institutions in other countries, Global Links makes sure that no supplies go to waste. This is the most wonderful place that any individual could hope to volunteer their time and efforts!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer on Friday mornings, a regular non afiliated, not associated group of individuals who sort and batch several medical supplies together.
I simply love Global Links concept: the fact that it was created in Pittsburgh by three women makes it even more real and inspiring.
The whole waste in medical supplies for reasons hidden behind safety or otherwise wasteful quality consumer standards, and its channeling through Global Links to South America and other at risk or short supplied areas is simply efficient and ethical.
We are under supervision of highly trained staff, who are very efficient, personable and excel in time efficiency for our efforts and energy. Every Friday I leave my volunteer assignment at 12pm, feeling richer and emerged in a sense of great self-accomplishment. I highly recommend this Organization for any award that might increase its visibility and expand its work. Also, they are very careful in recruiting volunteers, they are extremely ethical, giving a tour to all and presenting the founders and staff, who are are always friendly, although very focused.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel very happy when I realize that the smallest of effort I put in volunteering at Global Links helps to save Lives of people in underdeveloped nations. It's a truly amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I find Globallinks to be the perfect organization to give my time to. When people get stressed at work about getting a job done, I like to remind them that "we're not savin' babies here." Volunteering at Globallinks, we really ARE. And the waste of perfectly good things makes me bonkers--Globallinks saves babies with stuff that would otherwise go to waste. It doesn't get any more perfect than that.

The organization is experienced at handling volunteers efficiently. When we arrive, there is already a task set up for us, the supplies are ready, the signage is up-to-date, and the staff person working that night understands what needs to be done and can explain it well (and patiently). This helps me feel like I'm actually accomplishing something, not just standing around waiting.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This will be my biggest donation since I`ve pledged to donate 20% of any monetary income several months ago. I wish it could be more, but I`m only a rising college freshman. My money does far more in your hands than in mine. Your organization practically satisfies all of my main concerns: relieving suffering, conserving resources, and a CEO who works for the people, not the money. I wish you the best of luck in your efforts!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have visited two of our program countries with executive staff to inspect the materials that we sent, and was most imprsssed with the comments of gratitude and admiration for Global Links. I heard great affirmations that we sent only useful materials, and were careful to determine what they really needed. I have attended many events to meet potential donors and personnel with collaborating organizations and have made many valuable contacts for Global Links. In so doing, I was delighted to discover how well our organization is regarded in many circles. I have gotten to know the staff and am very impressed with their idealism and their willingness to do labor--intensive processes in order to ensure that we are sending only usable materials, in the most efficient and effective ways.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Board of Directors of Global Links since its inception in 1989 and am amazed at the remarkable progress we have made in the last twenty years. From its modest beginnings with its three young founders, we have grown to a staff of twenty (full time and part time) members, who sent processed and sent 207 tons of medical supplies and equipment to our recipient countries in 2008. A great number of faithful and deeply-motivated volunteers contributed over 6000 hours of service in that same year to help us achieve our goals. I have been especially impressed with the research that our staff members do in order to ensure that the recipient countries are actually able to use everything that we send. I have heard from hospital directors and doctors that they are always confident that, when a shipment arrives from Global Links, every item will be in good shape and fit their immediate needs. I have great hopes that we will be able to achieve even greater success in our future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for 16 years after retiring from West Penn Hospital GI Lab. It is a wonderful experience seeing the needed medical supplies that would have been discarded sent to needy countries.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with the institution has been excelent - exemplary professionalism coupled with a dynamic performance. Their pre- and post evaluation helps to establish a positive collaboration that leads to a positive donation. I truly appreciate their support of our projects, particularly during the the critical moments of the program development.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

7 a-davis

Board Member

Rating: 5

I sought to become actively involved with the organization after learning of their incredible mission, both from a humanitarian and environmental perspective, and coming to know their tireless leadership. I have been involved with small nonprofits and have never seen one accomplish so much with so little. The organization strives to maximize resources in every aspect of their operation, with only ~3% of donations contributing to administrative efforts – an incredible feat for any nonprofit. This has been accomplished through the vision of the organizations leadership, the growth and nurturing of a dedicated volunteer organization and the forming of strategic alliances. These alliances, both local and international, have enabled the organization to save thousands of tons of usable, life-saving surplus and redirected it to countries based on specific needs. This organization is responsible in every aspect of their existence and I am thrilled to be a part of working with this team to expand their ability to responsibly impact more lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband, son and I were looking for a way to participate in the Haiti earthquake relief efforts, and we found our way to Global Links, where we spent an afternoon packing medical supplies. This organization has the most wonderful mission...providing aid to those in need while caring for the environment by recycling supplies that would have been otherwise thrown in landfills. They do a fantastic job!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Global Links can best be described as a no-frills, extremely well organized non-profit that is run by a small core of very dedicated staff. It successfully achieves its commitment to collect and distribute surplus medical material to less developed countries without any waste and with an absolute minimum outlay for administrative costs. The Executive Director, Kathleen Hower, who co-founded the organization 20 years ago was a visionary, and with her quiet strength, still guides and sets the tone for Global Links today. It is a real privilege for me, through my volunteer sorting and packing, to be a very small part of such a great organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I like the idea of not wasting the excess supplies and equipment produced by the medical industry. Global Links is a great idea.

9 maracay

Client Served

Rating: 5

Global links is so great, they really help me to send to my grandmother who is 85 years old, and life in Venezuela to have some medical supplies, on Friday I did email Angela Garcia, buy Monday everything was ready to pick up, Angela,Marisol, and Jennifer, and everybody there are so wonderful they really made an impact in people's live. We are so grateful to have Global Links, and all the wonderful Humans beings to work there. Muchas Gracias, Norma Arbujas

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for Global Links is one of the most important items on my weekly to-do list. I very much enjoy the company of the other volunteers, the knowledgeable and friendly team and most importantly the mission we are on and supporting.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In January of 2009 I decided to start volunteering for a non-profit organization. GlobalLinks caught my attention by learning about their impressive vision and mission. Collecting still useful (and in most cases new) medical supplies from US hospitals and giving them a second life in third world country's hospitals where the items are most needed. At the same time GlobalLinks intensely focuses on environmental protection and recycling. Right from the beginning I was impressed by the professional and very organized manner both staff and my fellow volunteers care about each detail in the sorting and packing process. GlobalLinks is an amazing organization. They achieve so much with so little resources. Keep up the good work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteers are given opportunity to own the process of re-packing medical supplies, making decisions about how to pack, with supervision, working in small teams or on your own. Volunteer feels he has really made a difference in the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Global Links is an organization that fulfills many functions. First as a green organization, it keeps medical supplies out of land-fills. Secondly it supplies much needed medical equipment to countries where the need is so great and most importantly makes sure the materials are both useful and will be used by the peoples Global Links has targeted as most needy. In my menial role as a sorter, counter and packer of supplies; I feel the profound impact my volunteering is having on peoples in remote areas of developing countries of this hemisphere.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I chose this organization with care because of their specific work and because of their reputation. I fulfilled my orientation, which I find very necessary, and was very impressed with my first day of volunteering. I now just look forward to my next day to volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Global Links could be one of the finest examples of how a nonprofit should operate. Everything -materials,manpower,and money is utilized to its fullest extent. Global Links reduces the environmental impact of our U.S. hospitals and provides much needed and site-specific medical supplies to their partner countries. The director of Global Links,Kathleen Hower, is intelligent,diligent, and forward thinking. The same can be said of her energetic staff and board. All the volunteers are kept quite busy and are valued for the role they play in sorting and packing medical supplies. The budget is carefully considered and all money is spent wisely and never frivolously. Although I have volunteered at Global Links for many years, I have to say that I continue to be amazed and feel great joy when I step into the Penn Ave. office or the warehouse. It is heartwarming to be part of this well run organization knowing that the Global Links mission is succeeding and impacting so many lives. Please come and be a part of what Global Links is doing! If you can, please donate your time, your talents, an/or your money. You'll be glad you did.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One day a week I look forward to volunteering at Global Links and I have done so for the past eight years. Global Links saves lives in underserved countries by retrieving still useable hospital supply cast aways primarily from Pittsburgh hospitals. These hospital supplies are sorted and packed in boxes and shelved. The shelved boxes are retrieved for a shipment after careful assessment of the needs of the receiving hospital. Only what they need and can use is ever sent. Global Links combines efficiency,passion to their mission statement,and a team effort that could serve as a model for other nonprofits. And it does all this while keeping an eye on environmental impact. Boxes from the homes of staff and volunteers are often reused at Global Links. The boxes and the sea shipping containers are packed without wasted space so it maximizes the shipment while minimizing the carbon footprint. The retrieval of the local hospital supplies is carefully choreographed so that gasoline is not wasted. Global Links is committed to recycling the byproducts of packaging and papers in-house and also has a dumptser outside for us to recycle newspapers,magazines, etc. The thermostat is set appropriately to conserve heating and cooling energy which also saves money. Global Links wastes nothing. Donations are spent wisely and never frivolously. Time is never wasted. The working environment is one of commitment and partnership and great enthusiasm. It is a trifecta of saving surplus, saving lives, and saving the environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When the Haiti earthquake struck, I heard about a need for volunteers for Global Links. I was told they recycle medical equipment to the Caribbean. I thought this would be a way I could immediately respond to the Haitian crisis. I was overwhelmed by the type of work and recycling they do. For Haiti, I have cleaned and restored crutches (lots of crutches) and wheelchairs. I have packed orthopedic braces, syringes and other items that typically would have been wasted by American hospitals. Global Links connects to area hospitals and gleans unwanted medical equipment for use in another part of the globe. Work still continues for Haiti and will for some time. I have become a regular volunteer along with my husband. We are amazed at what we will pack each time we show up. From sharps containers to biohazard bags, Global Links is reusing and providing needed medical supplies and equipment to countries in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Global Links about eight times now. I continue to be impressed with their mission to recycle hospital materials (from unused syringes to used hospital beds, from sterile unused needles to ultrasound machines...). We spend our time sorting everything by date, by size, or by whatever parameters the coordinators offer us. We work solidly for two hours, until we have sorted, counted, grouped and boxed thousands upon thousands of instruments, tubing, etc. This non-profit organization is helping third world countries have the medical equipment and supplies that they need to work under horrendous conditions. I am proud to work with them.