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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

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

When my wife passed away last year, I looked for a non-profit that could put to good use the medical equipment and supplies that we had acquired for her care. Global Links turned out to be perfect for this. I am very impressed by their mission and it meant a lot to me that they were able to reuse this equipment.

NCmountainmimi

Donor

Rating: 5

Before I retired from the University of Pittsburgh twelve years ago, I helped recruited staff members to join a small group of volunteers on a regular basis to sort medicals supplies. I moved to NC and have kept in touch via newsletters and emails and watched the growth of this remarkable organization. I regularly make a contribution whenever I can to support their continued success. It is amazing how other states have asked for their assistance and advice in setting up such an organization. I have fond memories of my physical support while living in Pittsburgh. L. Butera

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a University of Pittsburgh retiree(25 yrs. in international depts.) now residing in NC and make a donation when I can afford it. When I lived in Pittsburgh, I regularly volunteered to sort medical supplies with a group organized by Pitt. My experience with global links has always been a positive one and I am happy to see that the organization keeps growing and reaching out to meet as manyinternational clinics and hospitals with the medical supplies that are desperately needed. Even though I can't be active as a volunteer, global links keeps me informed of their current needs and progress. I can't think of an originally grass roots Pgh. group that deserves recognition more. Good luck to future successes

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Donor

Rating: 5

Global Links is an incredible non-profit. The staff arduously works to strategically send medical supplies directly to medical facilities in Latin America. Their model is ecologically responsible because they work to ensure that useful supplies are not wasted and ensure that they only send supplies that the Latin American medical professionals request.

Donor

Rating: 5

AliMed had a large inventory of surplus surgical insturments, and orthopedic products. We contacted Angela Garcial and sent the lists of the products for review. Global links quickly responded to our extensive list and has been very resposive to additonal lists of products.They are easy to do business with and understands the business side of our operation. It is very satisfying know the products we donate will be used to help others throughout the world.

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love donating to Global Links. I think that they take "recycling" to a whole new level. I love the idea that nothing that can be used should go to waste and I think that is what they are really all about. I also realize that they do their work with the utmost saftey in mind for the people who receive the medical goods that Global Links acquires. This is a non-profit at it's best.

Donor

Rating: 5

Global Links gives each of us an opportunity to reach out to people all over the world who are in need of medical help. Anytime I have had someone close who has been ill and then no longer needs whatever supplies they were using I make sure those supplies are given to Global Links. Then I know that another person will have the chance to get well, be comfortable, and heal. Personally, I have given crutches, nebulizers, bandages. It makes no sense to put these things to the curb for trash pick up when Global Links will get then to people who will truly benefit by having access to them. When I see something about GlobalLinks, I pause and think, "Thrigh them, I have helped others. It is a beautiful organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hi, A number of years ago, my Mother needed to use oxygen daily. When she passed away, there was so much of the unused plastic tubing and other breathing related equipment left. For a moment, I didn't know what to do with it. Then I remembered Global Links and how they help people everywhere by passing on our usable medical supplies and equipment. The people at Global Links were sincerely grateful for the donation and I felt really happy that rather than tossing it away, someone, somewhere would have the chance to better health. It was my opportunity to help others on a bigger scale. It was definately a feel good thing! I encourage people to think twice about throwing medical supplies away when the need is so great.

Carolyn17

Donor

Rating: 5

I was so pleased to find Global Links! I just retired from nursing & found that I had so many used scrubs. I wasn't sure what in the world to do with them, then I found Global Links. It was so easy to send them my 'gently used' scrubs to their headquarters in Philadelphia (& cheaper, too). I am sure there will be many people using my scrubs in Third World countries. My hope is that my love of nursing will rub off from my old scrubs to someone there! they truly do deserve this award for ALL they do! From Retired RN, Baltimore, MD

Donor

Rating: 5

When the catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti in Jan 2010, my company looked for the entity to which it made the most sense to donate. We raised $2000 by selling product online for 4 months and donating all the proceeds. We were privileged to have this opportunity to provide a way for our customers to donate to this urgent cause, and know that their donations would be used more efficiently and in a more timely manner than anywhere else they could have donated.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our organization donates returned equipment to Global Links rather than sending it to a scrapyard for recycling. The value of the hardware as scrap pales in comparison to the value it provides its new users, typically medical facilities in Latin America and the Caribbean. I have been associated with Global Links in one capacity or another for over 20 years and know they put donations to good use; I'm proud to have a small part to play in their work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Global Links for close to 15 years in several capacities; I can vouch for their effective use of contributions. We are currently donating hardware that would have ended up in a scrap yard to Global Links; while recycling is great, reuse is even better and that is what they are all about. I'm proud to be associated with anything they do and am willing to go the extra mile for them; they are truly great people doing great things.

Donor

Rating: 5

I choose the category of donor because that's what I've done in the last few years. Previously, I've volunteered to help sort and pack to send much needed supplies and equipment to Carribean countries. Recently I have also reached out to friends and family successfully convincing them to become donors as well. Although it didn't take much convincing from me since Global Links' record of service, newsletters and reports are so very factual and compasionate. I know several staff members from their years of work with Global Links and some with other social justice projects. It makes me so happy that I can enthusiastically endorse their integrity, frugality, reliability, professionalism and environmental principles to my friends and family. It is a pleasure to donate to the suture campaign, work in Haiti and much more knowing that every hard earned dollar of mine is going to enable better care to my fellow human beings because of the great work of Global Links.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first met Global Links through my favorite mentor who sits on their board. I have many pet causes, but I knew that if my wonderful mentor supported it, then I knew it was worth taking a second look. My next encounter was as a consultant helping Global Links re-design their operations to minimize waste and maximize how they used every minute and every dollar. I was impressed with their desire to make the most of every resource they had to continuously expand their reach and impact. I also appreciated their focus on understanding their customers' actual needs. Rather than exporting surplus medical supplies, they come from the perspective of allowing customers to "pull" what they need and import only what can actually be used. Now, I am a loyal donor and supporter. I have lived in third world countries and have seen the need that Global LInks is helping to meet. I appreciate that they collaborate with host countries--in a professional, respectful way. Because I have worked briefly with the organization, I give confidently knowing that my dollars are honored and used carefully--to bless the lives of patients and health professionals alike in a way that promotes the spirit of re-use and recycling.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Global Links about 3 years ago and fell in love with its mission at once. I got to know the staff and organizational culture when I first trained several staff members in process improvement techniques adopted from Toyota and then coached their team through a large-scale streamlining of their entire value stream. It gave me a deep understanding of what they have been able to achieve in filling a perfect gap between waste and need. It also gave me an appreciation for the hard working staff willing to examine their own work with a critical eye and try to improve how they do what they do instead of resting on the laurels of past successes. Now, I am a liaison at St. Clair Hospital and we about to partner with Global Links to become one of their regular donors. I am thrilled to have a chance to work with this worthy nonprofit again!

Donor

Rating: 5

UPMC Shadyside values relationship-based care and practice. Our nurses see themselves as good neighbors in their hospital’s urban community, a part of Pittsburgh that is home to people from many walks of life, educational and income levels, and ethnic backgrounds. Within our community we have the good fortune of partnering with Global Links to extend our boundaries even further. Because of this relationship, both nurses and the communities prosper. Strengthening our ties to our local and even international community’s builds rapport and facilitates understanding of needs and the evolution of patient-centered initiatives. Thanks to the work we do with Global Links our nurses have embraced this interconnectedness and can be found in local, national and international venues.

Donor

Rating: 5

I work at a large medical facility that has chosen to donate products to the Global Links community. As a facilitator of this process at our hospital I have met and spoken to the staff at the organization. The manager of the local facility presented an in-service to the perioperative group explaining the needs of the organization and the products that they can accept. It was very informative and helped the staff to understand the benefits of sending the products that we "discard" to Global Links so that they can recycle it for use in underprivileged areas that would not have access to the products otherwise. I personally met with staff at the facility to help them understand the different types of sterilization used to reprocess items. I also explained about outdates and the event related issues of outdating. We discussed the issues of manufacti=ure outdates versus event related issues. The group was extremly interested in the information and were very receptive to me. It was a real pleasure to visit and tour their facility and see the effort that they put into seperating the supplies, identifying and cataloging them. This work will allow them to be able to let different countries know what they have to send. The result is that supplies, equipment, and instruments that are no longer of use to us can be sent to a hospital that has the need and would not be able to afford theses things. I would like to at some time be able to be a volunteer to visit the countries that benefit from the generosity of these items. All thiese items would be thrown away if Global Links were not a beneficiary.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been very impressed with Global Links’ targeted approach and ability to measure results and impacts in the regions in which they work. Their mission addresses the triple bottom line – social, environmental and economic indicators of success. They make the donation process very easy and efficient. Earlier this year I attended a presentation by Global Links about rebuilding Haiti’s healthcare system. The presentation showed the importance and value of items like tables, chairs and beds which many of us take for granted but provide dignity and comfort for those in underserved healthcare communities. Our company foresees an ongoing relationship with Global Links. They are an excellent organization with a life saving mission.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization which aids all of the America's and other countries as needed.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been working with Global Links for over 10 years and I am extremely impressed with their commitment to help those in need here in our community as well as overseas. My office is the hub for donations from fellow colleagues, patients and friends. We are not only helping the planet by responsibly getting rid of unused equipment and devices, but we are donating these things to an organization whose sole mission is to help those in need. Global Links is structured and organized, dedicated and sincere in reaching the poorest of poor to give them a more meaningful life. As a donor organization, it fills us with pride that we are doing the right thing. Thank you Global Links!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at Global Links, I see first hand the items that are to se sent to needy clinics and I am overjoyed to be a part of this organization. Global Links is not only helping environmentally, but more importantly, it is making a positive impact on the lives of many individuals who are dying for things that most of us take for granted. Global Links staff are always energetic and positive. I love being part of one of the best non-profit orgainization this side of the Mississippi!

Donor

Rating: 5

I was cleaning out my mother's house and had items to donate --
shower chair, walker, canes, etc. and saw an ad for pick up of donated items close to my home. We took the items, they were placed in a truck right away. Everyone was very friendly. We received notification of the donated items afterwards. It was all very simple and certainly served our needs to donate items.

J Brown

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization provides such crucial services with great efficiency and focus. It leverages a set of relatively small resources (donated equipment and supplies, money and volunteer support) into huge, even life-saving, improvements to healthcare provided in developing countries. In fact, it goes one step further and has an environmental benefit by taking waste in this country and turning it into resources for another country.

Donor

Rating: 4

As a member of the University of Pittsburgh Hillman Cancer Center Research team, we often have extra supplies from studies that are closed or non-expired items in study kits that have an expiration date on the study boxes. Most of these items are lab supplies, syringes, slides, collection tubes, shipping boxes and the like.
To add these items to a land fill would be a crime, especially with the current global medical needs. My supervisors, being community minded as well as enviornmentally friendly, agreed to allow me to seek out an organization that would accept these items. Global Links was the answer to my prayers. Not only have they been extremely helpful in teaching me what items can be donated, but they are physically helpful when I arrive with a car load of boxes!
Thanks to the Global Links organization as well as the staff for being such a large part of the pro-active work to assist the less fortunate while keeping our planet less cluttered with unwanted supplies.