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!

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2012 On the Horizon: A Year for Expansion

This is the time of year for reflection, thankfulness, and gratitude, and also the time to chart our goals for the year to come. What’s on our radar? In two words: gratitude and expansion.

MedShare Trustee Dan Goldberg and CAO David Pass with John Stamos and the Beach Boys

We must first look back before looking forward. We at MedShare have a lot to be proud of this calendar year. In the 2011, we hosted more volunteers, supplied more medical mission teams, and turned over more supplies than in previous years. We continued with our environmental focus, hired a new CEO, instituted a regional council in New York, and not only shipped containers of life-saving medical supplies and equipment to 40+ countries, but also supported our own country by shipping two containers to Alabama in response to April’s devastating tornadoes. Most importantly, we shipped more containers than ever before, and in doing so, had a positive impact on an incredible number of lives around the world. In essence, we have successfully continued to bridge the gap between surplus and need this year.

Much time and energy went into our achievements, and we’d like to recognize those that have made this year’s successes possible. Thanks to A.B. Short, our co-founder and former CEO, for the vision you and Bob Freeman had 13 years ago. Thanks to the Board of Trustees for driving the search to bring in Meridith Rentz, our new CEO and President. Thanks to Meridith for the talent, passion and tireless energy you bring, and your commitment to take the organization to the next level. Thanks to our hospital and corporate partners for the supplies, equipment, and services you give; without them, our work wouldn’t be possible. Thanks to our incredibly generous supporters for allowing us to have a successful year of development in a down economy. Thanks to our volunteers for your dedication in sorting and packing countless boxes of supplies. Thanks to all MedShare employees for tirelessly working to better ourselves and others. Thanks to our recipients for partnering with us towards the common goal of improving healthcare worldwide. And finally, thanks to those that have contributed towards our potential expansion into South Florida and the Mid-Atlantic.

In the words of our recipients: merci; gracias; mesi, obrigado; cảm ơn ông; shukran; amesege’nallo’; naa goodee; tenk-kee; ngiyabonga; asante.

We have achieved much, but we can do more still. We can save more lives and space from landfills, and strengthen more healthcare systems. We can give more volunteers a meaningful experience and engage more hospitals and corporations in partnership.

To do all this, we are strongly exploring our expansion opportunities in two markets: South Florida and the New York Tri-State Region. MedShare was recently introduced to both communities through events held in each region.

On October 27, 2011, MedShare Trustee Daniel Goldberg hosted a Beach Boys concert at SPIN Ultra Lounge benefiting our expansion efforts into Florida. The event was well-attended, not only by the Beach Boys and John Stamos, but also by a generous local crowd. Thanks to all who made it possible! Click here to view photos of the event, and here to learn how you can help bring MedShare to Florida. We are currently working with consultants in the region to meet prospective partners, and hope to enter the region in 2013.

On December 8, 2011, the MedShare New York Regional Council hosted an event at The University Club to introduce MedShare to the region. We’d like to give a special thanks to Seth Zachary, Chairman of Paul Hastings, Sandy Tytel, Council Chair, Laureen Knutson, Anita MacDougall, Jackie Wasp, and Olivia Ayala for the event’s success. Ms. Rentz gave an inspiring speech to the attendees that conveyed the great need for a MedShare in New York. The New York Tri-State area has more hospitals than any other market in the United States, and MedShare has developed a world-class, proven model. This is an equation that would add up to hundreds of thousands of lives saved were MedShare to enter the region in 2012. Click here to read Ms. Rentz’s speech, here to view photos from the event, and here to learn how you can help with the effort.

You – our stakeholders and supporters – are the fuel for the MedShare mission. You’ve enabled us to achieve more, and we are so grateful for everything you’ve done. We hope you’ll join us in the coming year as we grow our model and have an even greater impact.

This was part of our December 2011 newsletter. To view the rest – including our new videos and a great last minute gift idea – click here.

CBS Atlanta: Jeff Foxworthy looks for laughs to help local charities

Jeff Foxworthy

Remember Jeff Foxworthy’s Backyard Bash event at Buckhead Church we told you about?  It’s tonight! The event will support 8 Atlanta charities, one of which is MedShare. If you’d like to go, but haven’t bought tickets yet, not to worry… they’re still available and can be purchased here.

Need more information? CBS Atlanta posted great information on their site, which we’ve shared with you below:

ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) – You probably know him best for his famous “You might be a redneck if…” jokes and as the host of the game show “Are you smarter than a 5th grader?” But Thursday night Atlanta-based comedian Jeff Foxworthy will lend his talents to a night of laughter to raise funds for several local non-profits.

It’s the second year he’s teamed up with an Atlanta mega-church for Jeff Foxworthy’s Backyard Bash. Last year the event raised $150,000 for three community organizations.

This year, the event will be held at Buckhead Church, one of five campuses of North Point Ministries, of which Andy Stanley is the senior pastor. Foxworthy is a long-time supporter of the organization.

The Backyard Bash will include music from several live bands in addition to Foxworthy’s comedy routine. It will be held at Buckhead Church Thursday night at 7:30.

This year, all the proceeds will go to eight local non-profits: Atlanta Mission, Atlanta Community Ministries, Buckhead Christian Ministry, Charis Community Housing, The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta, MedShare, Open Hand, and Woodson Elementary School.

Tickets are $50 each. There are still some available and can be purchased online or at the door.

MedShare and Backyard Bash on 11Alive

Earlier this week, we told you about Backyard Bash, an event on September 22nd at Buckhead Church that will benefit eight charities in Atlanta.

11Alive featured Backyard Bash and MedShare during a special part of their morning news, Mugs in the Morning, and we wanted to share the video with you. Click here to view.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.backyardbash2011.org. Tickets are $50 per person.

September 22, 2011
7:30 pm
Buckhead Church
Atlanta, GA

*When purchasing, please note that you heard about the event through MedShare.

July 12 Peace Corps Information Session at MedShare

Are you familiar with the Peace Corps, and interested in learning more about volunteering for their organization? On July 12, we’ll be hosting an information session on learning what it takes to become a Peace Corps Volunteer at our Southeast Region Distribution Center.


Learn What it Takes to Become a Peace Corps Volunteer

Peace Corps has assignments around the globe for graduates interested in international service. Attend our next GlobeTalk info session and learn how Peace Corps offers an exceptional opportunity to put your education, experience and abilities to work in an overseas community. Peace Corps Recruiter Becky Ament will talk about her experience as a Health Volunteer in Malawi. MedShare representative, Stephanie Greene, will also share her experiences as a former Peace Corps Volunteer and provide information about MedShare.

Agenda

• Peace Corps Recruiter Becky Ament shares her overseas story

• DVD featuring Volunteers currently serving in the Peace Corps

• How to apply and how to be more competitive

• Updated details about our all-expenses-paid benefits package PLUS graduate school fellowships

• Open discussion and questions from the audience

Bring your friends/family and your questions! For more information, contact Becky Ament at rament@peacecorps.gov.

GlobeTalk Information Session

Tuesday, July 12th

6:00 – 7:30pm

MedShare

3240 Clifton Springs Rd

Decatur, GA 30034

Our organization has ties to the Peace Corps (we provided one of their teams in Ghana medical supplies and our Financial Director, Stephanie Green, is a Return Peace Corps Volunteer), and we’re excited to host this event!

July 12th Peace Corps Information Session at MedShare

Are you familiar with the Peace Corps, and interested in learning more about volunteering for their organization? On July 12, we’ll be hosting an information session on learning what it takes to become a Peace Corps Volunteer at our Southeast Region Distribution Center.


Learn What it Takes to Become a Peace Corps Volunteer

Peace Corps has assignments around the globe for graduates interested in international service. Attend our next GlobeTalk info session and learn how Peace Corps offers an exceptional opportunity to put your education, experience and abilities to work in an overseas community. Peace Corps Recruiter Becky Ament will talk about her experience as a Health Volunteer in Malawi. MedShare representative, Stephanie Greene, will also share her experiences as a former Peace Corps Volunteer and provide information about MedShare.

Agenda

• Peace Corps Recruiter Becky Ament shares her overseas story

• DVD featuring Volunteers currently serving in the Peace Corps

• How to apply and how to be more competitive

• Updated details about our all-expenses-paid benefits package PLUS graduate school fellowships

• Open discussion and questions from the audience

Bring your friends/family and your questions! For more information, contact Becky Ament at rament@peacecorps.gov.

GlobeTalk Information Session

Tuesday, July 12th

6:00 – 7:30pm

MedShare

3240 Clifton Springs Rd

Decatur, GA 30034

Our organization has ties to the Peace Corps (we provided one of their teams in Ghana medical supplies and our Financial Director, Stephanie Green, is a Return Peace Corps Volunteer), and we’re excited to host this event!