Volunteer-Sponsored Container Ships Out for Tanzania

This week on Tuesday November 19, volunteers, staff, and guests gathered at MedShare’s Western Region to send off a container of medical supplies to Shirati KMT Hospital in Tanzania. This was a very special occasion for MedShare’s Western Region volunteers who not only sorted and boxed the supplies going on the container but also raised the $22,000 sponsorship fee for the container. Every container that MedShare ships must have a financial sponsor to cover the costs associated with preparing and shipping the container, so that it can be shipped free of charge to the recipient hospital. These volunteers worked hard over the summer to raise the funds. They organized a silent auction, arranged a 5K walk, and donated their many talents to make this fundraiser a success.

We are very grateful to the thousands of volunteers who give their time to MedShare every year, and we are especially proud of the remarkable effort made by these volunteers.

Thank you! We wish the container a safe and speedy journey to Tanzania!

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MedShare volunteers, staff, and guests send off a container to Tanzania

Berean Christian Church helps us send off a container to Uganda!

On Monday, August 12, MedShare had the pleasure of sending off a 40-foot container of medical aid to Uganda, sponsored by the generous Berean Christian Church.

Berean came strongly represented to witness the send off of the container to their partner hospital, Lion of Judah. This is an urban hospital funded entirely by donations, and has an approximate annual budget of $130,000, less than the value of the shipment we sent them. They serve around 12,000 patients per year, and the most pressing healthcare issues are cases of tropical diseases and STDs, but the Lion of Judah medical center provides a wide variety of medical services, from primary, general and emergency care to family planning, Obs/gyn, pediatrics, and orthopedics. MedShare has provided general medical supplies, such as bandages, catheters, dressings, gloves, gowns, I.V. supplies, masks, needles, surgical packs and syringes, plus durable medical equipment (DME) like crutches and walkers, as well as surgical instruments. MedShare also provided two hospital beds, one stretcher, and three exam tables, along with various pieces of Biomedical equipment, such as CPAP/BIPAP machines, a patients lift, a defibrillator, and an electrosurgical machine.

The group was led by head pastor and founder, Dr. Kerwin Lee and his First Lady. Witnessing the event were two officials from Bayelsa State, Nigeria, sent by their Governor.

Berean has chosen Uganda as their primary international outreach project. In addition to this container sponsorship, the church led a 20 member delegation to Uganda this past July for a mission trip that included medical staff that were able to treat large numbers of patients. Berean has been an outstanding partner to MedShare, sending 108 volunteers to sort 971 boxes over 324 hours! We look forward to continuing this partnership with Berean, and are so thankful for their support! Please click below to view pictures from our send off ceremony.

Biomed Volunteer Gives MedShare His Summer and Gets a Jump Start to His Senior Year

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Robert at work on a vital signs monitor.

Robert Charkowicz, a 20 year old college student from Castro Valley, CA, volunteered for the summer at MedShare’s Western Region Distribution and Volunteer Center. Robert, who is studying Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis, spent 2-3 days a week this summer working in the Biomedical Lab.  Adept with the computer Robert assisted with the Biomedical Publications Library establishing a naming/organizational structure for operation and maintenance publications. He researched equipment publications on line to find repair information and resources increasing our library and maintenance capability. These publications will be sent out with the equipment to the recipients in developing countries so that they can operate and repair the equipment when needed.

Robert also assisted with daily work, conducting inventory of equipment and testing and repairing equipment.  The equipment included items such as: Vital Signs Monitors, ECG, NIBP and SPO2 equipment, CPAP machines and respirators/nebulizers, surgical tables, ultrasound equipment and an anesthesia machine.

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Volunteer Robert Charkowicz and MedShare’s Biomedical Technician Rene Steinkellner in the lab.

He’s now returning back to UC Davis to start his Senior year.  We will miss his work and his presence here at MedShare, and wish him all the best in his future.  The work that he completed here at MedShare will continue to enhance the success of our mission providing medical equipment to those in need.

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Drops By MedShare’s Western Region

On Monday, August 20, employees of the nearby Dr. Pepper Snapple Group stopped by MedShare’s Western Region to present a grant of $1,000 dollars that was requested through their company’s employee volunteer program, ACTIONeer Program, in support of MedShare Western Region. Throughout the past year, Dr. Pepper Snapple has been regularly sending their employees to volunteer at MedShare to sort medical supplies.

Thank you Dr. Pepper Snapple Group for your generosity and your time!

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MedShare’s Chuck Haupt (2nd from left) and Terry Monday (2nd from Right) join employees from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group for their generous check presentation!

Volunteers: We Are Thankful

This is the time of year for reflection, thankfulness, and gratitude. What is MedShare thankful for? Many, many things, chief among those being our wonderful volunteers.

At MedShare, we’re lucky to host over 18,000 volunteers a year. These generous people and groups help us sort and box the 20,000 lbs of medical supplies that we collect weekly from our hospital and manufacturer partners. The sheer volume of work they provide for MedShare is incredible, and we don’t hesitate to say that our work wouldn’t be possible without them.

Today, we’d like to recognize these wonderful groups that have volunteered in our Western Region recently:

On November 30, 2011, this Kaiser Permanente group sorted 249 lbs and packed 3 boxes.

On December 2, 2011, this Triage group packed 18 boxes.

On Dec. 3, 2011, these Chinese Bible Church volunteers helped sort 1,190 lbs and pack 85 boxes.

On Dec. 3, 2011, Tierney's group helped sort 1,910 lbs and pack 85 boxes.

On Dec. 3, 2011, these DVHS Giving Tree volunteers helped sort 1,686 lbs and pack 50 boxes.

On Dec. 3, 2011, these Safeway volunteers helped sort 1,686 lbs and pack 50 boxes.

On Dec. 7, 2011, these Abbott Vascular volunteers sorted 430 lbs and packed 81 boxes.

On Dec. 8, 2011, this Kaiser Permanente group sorted catheters and packed 39 boxes.

On Dec. 9, 2011, this Kaiser Permanente group sorted 883 lbs and packed 68 boxes.

On Dec. 10, 2011, this Chinese Bible Church group sorted gloves and packed 57 boxes.

On Dec. 10, 2011, this Kaiser Permanente group sorted gloves and packed 29 boxes.

On Dec. 13, 2011, this Chevron group sorted IV supplies and packed 35 boxes.

If you’d like to sign up to volunteer, click here. Thanks again to everyone pictured here, and the many others who aren’t.

Stryker Volunteers at MedShare

On Friday, November 11, 2011, Stryker employees took time of of their busy days to volunteer at MedShare’s Western Region. Their task for the day was to sort and box medical supplies.

MedShare relies on volunteers to sort and box the 20,000 lbs of medical supplies we collect from hospitals and manufacturers on a weekly basis. Without the 18,000 individuals who volunteer yearly, our medical supplies wouldn’t have made it to 88 countries on over 700 containers in 13 years.

Thanks for your gift of time and energy, Stryker! Volunteers like you are truly the fuel for our mission.

If you’d like to sign up for a volunteer session, click here.

MedShare’s Western Region sends 8th and 9th Container Shipment to Libya

Yesterday, our Western Region successfully loaded and shipped two containers to Libya. These containers represent our 8th and 9th shipments to Libya.

Community volunteers, guests and MedShare staff all took great pride in being a part of this momentous day. We shared with those gathered the importance of the medical supplies and equipment being sent to the Libyan people.

Staff and volunteers with the shipment

Boxes loaded on the container

Loading the container

Container #8

We send our best wishes to those hospitals, and the medical professionals and care-givers that will be receiving and using this humanitarian aid.