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!

 

 

MedShare’s Western Region Council Sorts Donations

MedShare’s Western Region Council celebrated the holidays by gathering to sort medical supplies at our Distribution and Volunteer Center in San Leandro, CA. We’re grateful to these business and community leaders for being such wonderful advocates for us.

They produced 110 boxes of supplies that will be added to aid shipments leaving the West Coast for hospitals around the globe.

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Bay Area Faith Leaders Convene at MedShare

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Charity, service, option for the poor, social justice, faith in action—whatever you call it, it’s an important focus for faith-based organizations. MedShare’s Western Region hosted a breakfast on Tuesday for 20 faith leaders from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

These leaders had an opportunity to learn about MedShare’s work to improve lives and the environment in our local and global community. The meeting included a tour of our 54,000 sq. ft.  Distribution and Volunteer Center where they observed community volunteers hard at work to help us sort the donated medical supplies we receive each day.

MedShare has a 15 year history of collaborating with faith communities from throughout the US and around the globe, to help deliver healthcare to the poorest of the poor. Terry Monday, Volunteer Programs Manager, and Chuck Haupt, Executive Director, hosted the event.

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Attendees were from: St. Paschal Church, Bethel Presbyterian Church, St. Leander Church, Growing Healthy Churches, St. Joan of Arc Church, San Leandro Church of Christ, Holy Names University, Bay Area Chinese Bible Church, First United Methodist Church of San Leandro, St. Raymond Church, and the Just Faith Social Justice ministry from the Catholic Diocese of Oakland.

Join us for an Interfaith Panel TONIGHT!

Looking for a meaningful way to celebrate International Women’s Day? Look no further… join MedShare’s Faiths Act Fellows tonight for an interfaith discussion on Faith as a Force For Good: Joining the Fight Against Malaria. The event is sure to spark lively discussion and will lead into a dialogue of how we can help fight malaria.

The panel of three distinguished speakers – Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz, Congregation Or Hadash; Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley, Providence Missionary Baptist Church; Tayyibah Taylor, Editor in Chief of Azizah Magazine – will be moderated by MedShare’s Vice President of Corporate and International Relations, Nell Diallo.

It will begin at 7pm this evening at Providence Missionary Baptist Church; directions can be found here.

Are you planning on joining us this evening? Confirm your attendance on Facebook here!

MedShare CEO to Speak at en2emTalks

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, Enterprise2Empower Talk is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At the event,  video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.  en2emTalks will feature four high-profile social innovators who will give TED-style (18-minute) talks on their businesses and experiences. Our very own Meridith Rentz is one of the four innovators that will be speaking, and we invite you to join us in hearing her speak.

The event is on March 10th, 2012 from 12-3pm at Georgia Tech’s Klaus Atrium. You can find more information about the event here.

We hope to see you there!

The Stitch Project: World Malaria Day Art Auction Official Promo

MedShare’s Faiths Act Fellows’ World Malaria Day Art Auction is fast approaching. Want to learn more? Watch their official promo video below.

Since 1998, MedShare has diverted $100 million+ worth of supplies and equipment to prevent more than 2 million cubic feet of valuable supplies from entering local landfills. However, occasionally there are supplies that can simply no longer be used. Rather than dispose of these materials, MedShare has donated these supplies as canvases for innovative artists. 

Using the surplus medical supplies, artists will have the opportunity to create works of art concerning the themes of diversity, unity, and common action. In this way, even the supplies that will no longer help save a life directly can be used indirectly to fight malaria. The recycled materials will be offered to artists as a canvas for art that will thematically address the humanitarian crisis of malaria. Artists will have the challenging and inspiring task of creating art that tackles the question of how faith and spirituality can forge a better world. This will be a unique opportunity for artists to gain international traction and diversify their portfolio.

For more information, or to find out how you can get involved, visit their website or contact Clint Fluker (cfluker@medshare.org) or Sana Rahim (srahim@medshare.org).

World Malaria Day Art Auction: Artist Interviews

Last week, we told you about MedShare’s Faiths Act Fellows  upcoming World Malaria Day Art Auction. We shared photos of local artists who gathered at MedShare’s Headquarters to create a work of art entirely from unused medical supplies.

Now, we want to share a video of the undertaking, and also interviews with all the artists (Brian Walker, Brian Hebert, Baba Ra Fudge, Masud Olufani, and Kottavei Williams) who participated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The auction will take place on April 25, 2012. Local Atlanta artists to take part in this momentous endeavor include: Brian WalkerAlfred ContehCurtis McHardyMasud Olufani, Chris Hutchinson, Paul Benjamin, Hailey Lowe, Stephen Hayes, Whitney White, Audrey Pollock, Dana Gray, Brian Hebert,Baba Ra Fudge, and Kottavei Williams. Other artists submitting orignal and printed pieces to the auction include: Jim FiscusJoey Fischer, Brenda Ball, Clint Fluker, and Kevin Cole. More details can be found here.