MedShare’s FY 2010 Annual Report – How YOUR Support Has Helped!

Our Annual Report for the Fiscal Year 2010 is ready, and we’re excited to share it with you. Click here to view.

Inside the Annual Report you’ll find the year’s highlights, recipient and volunteer features, our summarized financial information, a comprehensive look at our impact in Haiti and our environmental impact.

As we looked back on the year’s accomplishments, we feel proud of all that we’ve achieved. We are also overwhelmed with the generous support that donors like you continue to provide. Thank YOU for making our mission of bridging the gap between surplus and need possible!


This Earth Day, MedShare Reaffirms Commitment to Environment

MedShare saved these supplies from ending up in a landfill

As the world comes together to celebrate Earth Day, MedShare is reaffirming our commitment to the environment. Our mission is to deliver medical supplies to underserved populations around the world while lessening the impact of medical waste in the United States, but did you know that we’ve taken great strides over the past few years to make our operations and warehouses more environmentally-friendly as well?

MedShare is funded by generous donors like you; as such, we’re ever mindful of our expenditures. With this in mind, our Southeast and Western facilities made changes to their facilities over the past few years. Both were outfitted with motion-activated lights, saving each facility from needlessly wasting energy, and the California location installed low-flow toilets. The Southeast, enabled by a grant from the Kendeda Fund and by partnering with Radiance Solar, will install a new roof, insulation and solar paneling. In addition to the positive impact of the environment, our efforts will also save money for each warehouse in the form of reduced power bills.

Below, Rob Oviatt, Operations Director (Southeast Region) and Chuck Haupt, Executive Director, Western Region comment on the environmental changes MedShare has implemented:

“In an attempt to reduce our energy consumption at our SE Distribution Center, we made some significant changes to our lighting system last September. We did away with our 400W metal halide lamps in our warehouse (37,000 square feet), and replaced their murky orange glow with the much brighter and far more efficient high-bay T5 high output fluorescent lamps. These new lamps are also fitted with motion detectors which turn them off after five minutes of inactivity in that area. We also replaced our aging 4-lamp T12 fixtures in our sort room (8000 square feet) with 3-lamp T8 fixtures, providing a much brighter work area. The effect of these lighting upgrades has been a reduction in our total energy consumption by about a third.

Currently, we are also having a 30 kW solar installation placed on our roof. This system should further reduce our energy consumption (from the grid) to the point where we will require less than half of the energy we were consuming before the upgrades.

As for future plans, we are exploring the possibility of expanding the capacity of this solar installation, possibly upgrading our HVAC system, and will be performing smaller upgrades like a tankless water heater, low volume toilets, and motion detectors on office lighting.”

-Rob Oviatt, Operations Director, Southeast Region

“In 2010 we completed an intensive year-long effort to obtain certification as a Green Business. As California’s first large-scale recycler of surplus medical supplies, we were asking hospital in our community to change their business practices and to embark on new green initiatives with us. It seemed most appropriate that MedShare itself should also be a strong environmental steward. To that end, we implemented scores of new practices including; elimination of bottled water, paper plates and cups, use of duplex printing to reduce paper consumption, and conserving water with the installation of new low-flow toilets. The most significant part of our certification required us to replace every single light in our 32,000 sq. ft. warehouse. We moved from high energy-use metal halide lights to compact fluorescent lights with occupancy sensors to conserve energy. Our whole staff is proud of what we have accomplished and we share these new practices with the thousands of visitors we host each year.”

-Chuck Haupt, Executive Director, Western Region

MedShare’s Green Impact – By the Numbers:

  • In our 12-year history, MedShare has saved 1,766,240 cubic feet of medical supplies from ending up in landfills and incinerators.
  • In FY 2010 alone, 313,120 cubic feet of landfill space was saved.
  • MedShare’s supply and recovery efforts each year save approximately 535,000 lbs. of CO2, equal to almost 554,000 miles driven; and 1.8 million kwh, equal to 150 household’s annual electricity.

What can you do to help our green efforts and celebrate Earth Day? Consider donating Boxes of Hope. You’ll not only save medical products from ending up in local landfills, but you’ll also save lives around the world. These boxes contain vitally needed items like syringes, sterile gloves and gowns, labor and delivery kits, biopsy kits, and surgical kits. Your support will help us by providing these otherwise-scarce items to benefit the poor in developing countries. A box of medical supplies – which you can sponsor in quantities of two to 1,000 – will make a difference.

This is an excerpt from our April e-newsletter. To read more – including stories of a biomedical volunteer and a medical mission that we support in the Philippines – click here.

Group Sends Medical Supplies Abroad, Saves Landfills in U.S. (via AJC)

The Atlanta Journal Constitution

On February 22, 2011,  an article about MedShare was featured in The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Titled “Group Sends Medical Supplies Abroad, Saves Landfills in U.S.,” the article features our incredible volunteers and environmental impact. Enjoy!

By Devika Rao

More than 12,000 volunteers a year is still not enough to complete an ongoing mission of improving health care and the environment. Volunteers came to MedShare last Saturday to help sort, organize, and pack medical supplies donated to the organization through partnership with over 30 hospitals.

“The donated supplies are generally results from hospitals that have product overage, are switching brands, or have kits that were opened but never used,” said Lindsey Barber, senior programs manager at MedShare.

Volunteers sort and pack medical supplies that come into the nonprofit’s 48,500 square-foot. warehouse. “The volunteers sort the supplies and check that the items are not broken or damaged. Then, they pack the supplies which get inventoried and then stored into the warehouse,” said Volunteer Coordinator David Winograd.

Once the supplies get registered into the inventory, MedShare’s unique approach comes into place.

“Rather than [MedShare] saying who needs what, we receive applications from regions that need certain medical supplies,” said Barber. “Once the applicants are approved, they can go online and handpick what supplies they need so they receive a customized container that serves the region’s purpose abroad. This way no supplies are wasted and each health care facility receives exactly what they need.”

In addition to supplies, MedShare also receives and sends biomedical equipment.

Vanessa Givens, of Duluth, wanted to give back. “I was looking to volunteer and after the Haiti earthquake, I heard about MedShare. By being here, I really felt it was meaningful that my two or three hours of volunteering here are helping someone in the world,” said Givens, who has been volunteering for a year.

By sending the medical supplies to needy regions, which also include clinics in Georgia and California, MedShare has helped health care facilities in over 85 countries and supplied over 1,800 medical mission teams since its founding in 1998. Additionally, by receiving donated medical supplies, the organization also saved more than 1.7 million cubit feet of space, or 3,500 tons of medical supplies and equipment, from ending up in U.S. landfills.

Volunteers clocked in more than 36,000 hours, sorted through 803,000 lbs. of donated supplies, and packaged 37,000 boxes in 2010.

“Being a nonprofit, there is no way we could hire over 12,00o people to do this on a daily basis,” said Barber, of the constant need for volunteers. “[MedShare] would be nowhere without its dedicated volunteers.”

To volunteer with MedShare, visit