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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

161 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

When I turned 13, I decided to raise money for a non-profit. I choose Global LInks because I had heard it was a great organization and I thought that what they were doing was critical to the world. I ended up raising 1,600 dollars for the organization, and I am so glad i did. During the whole process, the Global Links people helped me, included me, and over all made me feel very welcome and appreciated. I would do it again in a heart beat. It's a great organization with great people in it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mom first told me about Global Links, and from the start I was intrigued. I decided to raise money for the organization for my 13th birthday, and preceded to raise over a thousand dollars for Global Links. After I had volunteered there and got a sense of the amazing community Global Links is, I know I made the right choice. There is no better organization that deserves the money I raised.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity does fantastic work in terms of recycling surplus medical supplies that would otherwise go into landfills. But it does SO MUCH MORE! Using volunteers, it sorts and organizes these materials and matches them with the needs of specific hospitals in the world's poorest countries, shipping them off to save lives there.

I am proud to be a volunteer and donor of Global Links.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gathering medical supplies and packing them in to boxes; how mundane. But every box I helped to pack served in two significant ways:
First, these were items that were discarded. They would have gone to a landfill further scarring our landscape.
Second, these supplies would SAVE LIVES of patients in desperate need in the very poorest countries in the world. Instead of being stitched up with fishing line or even cotton thread, patients would receive appropriate suture, considerably improving their chances of a good outcome. And studies show clearly that when family members survive there is less inclination to have larger families.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!!!! :-)

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.

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!!!