MedShare Celebrates its Volunteers!

On Wednesday, April 25th, MedShare’s Western Region hosted our volunteers for a celebration to recognize the gift that they are to our organization. Our 4th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon was attended by more than 60 people. Special thanks to Terry Monday and Gabby Brandt, who manage our award-winning volunteer program, for creating such a wonderful island-themed party filled with games and recognition of our dedicated volunteers!

Special recognition goes to the following Presidential Award Winners for their dedicated service. (To earn the Gold you must volunteer over 500 hours/yr, for the Silver 250 hours/yr, and for the Bronze 100 hours per year).

John Morton Gold
Marsha Felton Gold
Susan Dyer Silver
JoAnna Hansen-Morton Silver
Joe Margevicius Silver
Camille Didas Silver
Nassim Nouri Silver
Virginia Godkin Bronze
Myron Zhang Bronze
Lynn Moreau Bronze
Arleen Sakamoto Bronze
Paul Litsky Bronze
Susie Plumb Bronze
Naty Duenas Bronze
Carol Fullerton Bronze
Sue Naset Bronze
Ted Almida Bronze
Alana Musante Bronze
Karen Nelson Bronze
Eve Stone-Trimble Bronze
Rissa Coplan Bronze
Cathryn Jew Bronze
Karen Rice Bronze
Mary Lou Groff Bronze

MedShare recognizes special biomedical volunteers

MedShare’s Western Region awarded special recognition to two very special volunteers. Joe Margevicius and John Morton have each contributed greatly to the success of our biomedical lab over the past year. Between the two of them, these extraordinary volunteers have contributed over 840 hours to our lab and sorting activities. Quite simply, we couldn’t deliver the volume of life-saving equipment and supplies to the medically underserved without generous people like Joe and John!

(L to R) Chuck Haupt (Executive Director), John Morton, Rene Steinkellner (Biomedical Technician), Eben Amstrong (Sr. Biomedical Engineer), Joe Margevicius

Volunteer Jack Horvath Prepares Boxes of Medical Supplies

Longtime MedShare volunteer Jack Horvath tapes boxes of medical supplies packed by other volunteers. These boxes will be sent to hospitals in need around the world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BjIjV4Kze0

Does this inspire you to volunteer? Click here to sign up – we’d love to have you!

Volunteer Spotlight: Nanetta Pon

Nanetta (front, center) at a 2011 container shipment ceremony

“Nanetta Pon has volunteered with us 60 times (that’s 180 hours!) since she first started in April 2009 when she was only 14 or 15 years old. She has the most hours of any of our volunteers under age 18. She volunteers out of her own motivation; not because she has to fulfill some community service requirement.

We enjoy working with Nanetta. She is willing to do anything we ask and she works hard during the time she’s here. It is impressive that she keeps coming back when I know she has a very busy schedule with high school and other outside activities.” – Terry Monday, Volunteer Programs Manager

Name: Nanetta Pon

Age and Occupation: Seventeen-year-old high school student

Hometown: Fremont, California

Please describe yourself in one sentence.I like to get involved in great causes.

When did you first hear about MedShare? I found it while searching on VolunteerMatch for opportunities open to teenagers.

How would you describe your volunteer experience at MedShare? Wonderful! The volunteer coordinators and other volunteers are always welcoming, sorting is fun, and I learn something new about medical procedures every time.

How long have you been volunteering at MedShare? Since 2009

What inspired you to get involved? I’d been involved in my school’s recycling program, so it was MedShare’s environmental side that first interested me. I liked the idea of keeping supplies out of landfills. It was only after I’d started volunteering that I realized how much it was helping save people’s lives.

What is it that motivates you to keep volunteering at MedShare? MedShare is great about letting each volunteer know that he/she is making a difference, from the flags to the pictures to the stories people come in to tell. They keep me inspired to keep coming to the warehouse.

Have you been involved with MedShare in other ways besides sorting supplies? If so, please explain. This is more about MedShare helping me out: Last year I received a giant box of old, unsortable gloves to bring to my school. We’re still using them during our weekly sort of the school’s bottles and cans.

What has been your favorite MedShare moment or story during your time serving with us? After the iPad came out, one of the sorters accidentally got our table excited over a box of eye pads.

This story is an excerpt from our January e-news. To read more – including a story of fate’s role in a Haiti container delivery and a college MedTeam in Honduras – click here.