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Bridging the gap between surplus and need, to improve healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment to those most in need.

MedShare CEO Attends 2014 Social Innovation Summit at United Nations in NYC

My first visit to the United Nations turned out to be a memorable one. It was the location of the 2014 Social Innovation Summit along with the JP Morgan Chase Building. The Summit represented the convergence of corporations, nonprofits, and the philanthropic community coming together to bring about social change while addressing some of the world’s most complex, yet basic issues. It truly represented the endless possibilities and results of when Business Innovation meets Social Transformation.

Over 500 participants from around the world met for two days in New York City to network and share ideas to drive innovation and garner the necessary funding to execute critical programs. There were some amazing ideas discussed, but here are a few that I would like to highlight.

The Science of Philanthropy – This further confirmed my belief that nonprofit organizations (NGOs) that understand and use data to drive their fundraising activities are, and will continue to be, the most successful ones. Countless examples were given how organizations used data to understand and appropriately cultivate the “right” potential donors. Many organizations waste a lot of time and resources cultivating the “wrong” potential donors only to end in disappointment for all involved. Also, it is key to find the right balance between the art and the science of fundraising.  Numbers often do not tell the whole story. Remember the human factor. People are very passionate about “their” cause. They give from the heart and not the head.  Another point made was that smaller NGOs should collaborate to achieve scale. Often groups may be more successful in obtaining funding because of the greater impact of the collective. Obviously, there must be mission alignment.

Reviving a Community One Brownie at a Time – The story of Greyston and the impact that this company is having on the community of Yonkers, NY, was beyond inspirational. The notion that a for profit company using nonprofit ideals to bring about social change and strengthen families and communities provides a blueprint for success that should strongly be considered by others. Greyston, known for their wonderful brownies, uses an Open Hiring Policy. You do not need a resume, application, pass a background check, or any other traditional hiring prerequisites.  Simply show up, put your name on a list and complete an internal training program.  This policy has resulted in over 50% of the workforce being former inmates. The impact this has had on their lives and the community is immeasurable.  Dion Drew, lead operator and former inmate himself, talk openly about the impact on his life they Greyston has had. Working meant being able to provide for his family and decreasing significantly the likelihood that he and others like him would return to a life of crime. The community is stronger and Greyston’s profits are soaring.

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(At right, MedShare CEO Charles Redding with Make A Stand Lemon-Aid’s founder Vivienne Harr.)

Life Is A Fleeting Story, Tell It – It is difficult to explain the feeling that came over me as I listen to Vivienne Harr, a 10 year-old  San Francisco Bay Area girl who took a stand when she was 8 years old to free 500 kids from slavery by selling lemonade for 365 days.  This meant that she would have to raise $100,000. What started as an idea to address an issue is now an official social purpose corporation. Her company, Make A Stand Lemon-Aid, gives half its profits to antislavery organizations. The key breakthrough for her and the ability to reach her goal was when she removed the price and asked people to give from the heart. This and many other successful stories follow a distinct flow – People, Places, Plot, and Purpose.

  • People – the fact that an 8 year-old girl wanted to help other children is what captured the attention of people willing to listen and then help.
  • Places – knowing that the issue was global (including the U.S.) resonated with a very wide group of people. The issue was real. “It was in my backyard.”
  • Plot – Children, slavery, say no more. Kids being sold into slavery and forced to carry rocks and perform other atrocious acts, pierces the heart of anyone with a soul.
  • Purpose – Finally, the reason for doing this – raise $100,000 to free 500 kids from slavery. The impact of doing this is much greater after you understand more about the People involved, the Places that this is occurring, and the current situation.

Many nonprofits are so proud of their mission that they do not take the time to “tell the story.” Who are the people that are impacted? Where are they located? What is the current situation and how can we help? Thank you, Vivienne for Making A Stand.  I was able to get a photo with Vivienne and the book, Make a Stand, chronicling her journey. I highly recommend it to anyone that has ever asked the question, “Why not?”

These are a few of the fascinating topics discussed, which included everything from genome sequencing to address health and environmental issues to using gaming methodology to teach young, at-risk kids how to solve complex linear equations.

The conference closed with a very inspirational story of how Victor Cruz, wide-receiver for the New York Giants, overcame personal tragedies and setbacks to rise to the top of his game.  He now gives back to the community, especially the Boys and Girls Clubs, to ensure greater opportunities and positive outcomes for youth. Actress Jessica Alba shared her passion for starting her company, Honest Company, which focuses on making amazing products without harming people or the planet.  She also gives a significant amount of her products and profits to those in need. There are so many companies that understand that it is okay to do well and to do good.

Companies present included Microsoft, Google, HP, Intel, JP Morgan Chase, and Panera Bread. My sincere thank you to Ashley Lenz and Henry Schein for inviting me to represent MedShare at such a thought-provoking, solution-minded event. The networking opportunities were incredible.  I am energized and my resolve renewed. MedShare can and will be a driving force in strengthening communities locally and globally. If an 8 year-old girl can make a stand, what will MedShare and other like-minded organizations do?

 

 

Our 2014 Annual Fund: Why Your Donation Matters

Dear Friends,
2014 Annual Fund
We appreciate all of the HANDS that help us improve the health of people around the world every day.  On behalf of our staff and recipients, we thank you from the bottom of our HEARTS. As our work continues, doctors and nurses in Sierra Leone, Kenya, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and the Philippines are anxiously waiting for us to ship healthcare resources to their villages and towns. We need to raise $150,000 by June 30, 2014 to help these healthcare professionals around the world meet this urgent demand.

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When MedShare supporters like you send Boxes of Hope, patients at healthcare institutions like this mother and child (left) at Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital in Uganda are able to use supplies specifically requested by the hospital. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to our Hands and Hearts in Action by before June 30, 2014.  
Consider sponsoring one of our boxes below or sending an amount of your own choosing:

$250 to sponsor 12 Boxes;    $500 to sponsor 25 Boxes
$1,000 to sponsor 50 Boxes;    $5,000 to sponsor 250 Boxes 
$10,000 to sponsor 500 Boxes;   $20,000 to sponsor 1,000 Boxes

Your donation to support our Boxes of Hope will carry more than 350,000 pounds of new and unused medical supplies to people who need them. These perfectly good supplies, which have been kept out of our local U.S. landfills, continue to help medical professionals worldwide who treat illnesses and infectious diseases in their local communities. Let’s keep working together to improve the quality of life of people, communities, and our planet

Click here to make your donation today!

With thanks,
Charles Redding, CEO and President

Western Region Volunteers honored at Annual Appreciation Event

On Saturday, May 3, MedShare’s Western Region held its 6th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party at the Sorting and Distribution Center in San Leandro, California.  More than 80 of our volunteers, their family and friends gathered for a celebration to recognize the gift that they are to our organization.  Our warehouse was transformed, glittering with overflowing treasure chests of chocolate gold coins, beads, and gemstones showing just how much We Treasure Our Volunteers!

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Presidential Service Awards were presented to honor our most dedicated volunteers.  With over 500 hours of service this past year, Marsha Felton was awarded the Gold Medal for our adult volunteers.

Silver Awards (250+ hours of service) were presented to John Morton, Nassim Nouri, Fran Jurcso, JoAnna Hansen-Morton, and Susan Dyer.Bronze Awards (100+ hours of service) were awarded to Camille Harris, Nancy  Menne, Joe Margevicius, John Dietz, Camille Didas, Lynne Allen, Audrey Ewart, Virginia Godkin, Judy Bulman, Hazel Clendening, Mary Asturias, Dave Mantooth, Paul Litsky, Carolyn Keeney, Nancy Jee, Gloria Jancoski, Lynn Moreau, Karin Fetherston, Susie Plumb, Kathy Lynn Ho, Terry Monday, Eve Stone Trimble, Arleen Sakamoto, Lya Ackermann, Gail Carter, Rosemarie Ramos, Trinh Nguyen, Alana Musante, Marsha Nishikawa, Ken Li, Sue Naset, Dr. Helen Vajk, Jason Lee, Cathryn Jew, Barbara Gasparian, Matthew Schumann, Carol Fullerton, Rissa Coplan, Ted Almida, Mary Lou Groff, Natalie Clendening, Kristine Houglet, Jonah Levy, and Carol Grappo.

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[Western Region Volunteer Programs Manager Gabby Brandt (above far left) with Gold Award adult volunteer Marsha Felton is above left, center. Gold Award youth volunteer Elijah Levy is above, far right.]

Our youth award winners (up to age 14) shined this year.  Elijah Levy was awarded the Gold award with more than 100 hours of service.  James Turrentine received the Silver award (75+ hours), and Steffi Kwok received the Bronze award (50+ hours of service).  We have been blessed many times by the continuing commitment of all these award-winning volunteers!

We were also joined by a special guest, Dr. Bwire Chirangi, who gave a presentation about his hospital in Shirati, Tanzania.  MedShare recently sent a container to this hospital, fully sponsored by our Western Region volunteers.

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Dr. Chirangi (pictured above at the event) showed photos of MedShare’s 40-foot container arriving at Shirati Hospital. He expressed his sincere gratitude to our volunteers for all that they have done to help his hospital by raising the $25,000 sponsorship and packing the boxes of much-needed medical supplies for the container.  We truly have amazing volunteers!

Special thanks go to Horatio’s Restaurant, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Blue Dish, Paramount Piroshki, Bay Cities Produce, Safeway, and Costco for donating most of the food and drink for the event. Special thanks also to Dignity Health, Loard’s Ice Cream, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Whole Foods Lafayette, Whole Foods San Ramon, Trader Joe’s Castro Valley and a Friend of MedShare for donating the beautiful gift baskets and prizes that we gave away on Saturday. We appreciate all their contributions toward honoring these very special people, our volunteers!

 

 

Atlanta native Charles Redding named CEO and President of MedShare

ImageThe MedShare family welcomes Charles Redding as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President, effective May 5, 2014. Redding succeeds Meridith Rentz, who served as the organization’s CEO and President for the last three years. Rentz resigned in April 2014 to spend more time with her family. Her last day at MedShare was May 2nd.

“Charles has a keen global perspective and a strong vision for MedShare’s ongoing commitment to making the world a better place,” said Thomas Asher, MedShare’s board chair. “What Charles has done for MedShare in just two years is outstanding. He is the right person at the right time to take our organization to the next level of service excellence for our recipients worldwide.”

Redding has been MedShare’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 2012. He led the company’s efforts to expand into the Northeast by opening a Sorting & Collection Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. Prior to this role, he held a number of senior management positions with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) including the first Plant Manger for Ethicon in Juarez, Mexico and Director of Asia Pacific Operations, where he was based in Shanghai, China and managed facilities in China and India. His latest role at J&J was that of Vice President of Global Operations for their Aesthetic Medicine business. He was responsible for 1200 employees in the U.S., France, The Netherlands, and Mauritius and managed a 200 million dollar budget. A native of Atlanta, Redding graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering, and received a certificate in Team Management from the Daniel School of Management at the University of South Carolina.

“It’s an honor to be leading MedShare as our 15th anniversary year comes to a close,” said Redding. “The support and commitment of our board of trustees, regional council members, staff, and volunteers will help us make an even greater impact on the health care of the recipients we serve in local U.S. communities and around the world.”

Founded in Atlanta in 1998, MedShare sources essential, surplus medical supplies and equipment, and delivers them directly to underserved populations worldwide while lessening the impact of medical waste in the U.S. Its ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life of people, communities, and the planet.

Since its founding, MedShare has mobilized thousands of community volunteers, corporate, hospital, and nongovernmental partners to ship nearly 1,000 forty-foot containers to hospitals and clinics in need in over 95 countries, including free clinics in the U.S. In addition to Atlanta, MedShare has offices in the San Francisco Bay and the New York City metropolitan areas.