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.


Repost: Webmarketing123 Works With MedShare

A few weeks ago, our Western Region was lucky enough to host a volunteer group from Webmarketing123, a digital marketing agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. Greg Hanano, a Marketing Research Analyst at Webmarketing123, wrote a wonderful post about their experience that we wanted to share here:

A couple weeks ago, our company dedicated a morning to volunteering at a local non-profit organization, MedShare.  MedShare is dedicated to improving the environment and healthcare through the efficient recover and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment to undeserved healthcare facilities in developing countries.  They are a group of people dedicated to helping developing countries get the supplies they need, while keeping medical surplus out of landfill.  The organization began in 1998, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and opened the 2nd location in San Leandro in 2008.

When local Bay Area hospitals have a surplus of supplies (which is not uncommon), they are placed aside for MedShare to pick up, segment, organize, and distribute for shipment to the countries in need.  When a hospital in a developing area needs supplies, they can easily place an order with MedShare.  Volunteers (like us) sort through the supplies to prepare for incoming orders.  We took out items that were expired, separated the tools that were in condition to ship, and crated the supplies into individual boxes.

MedShare is bringing awareness to issues in the world that are rarely in our day-to-day minds.  “There is a shortage of supplies in third world country hospitals, and we throw away hundreds of supplies every day.”  It is important to realize that these are not expensive or rare supplies, but simple hospital necessities like gloves, cotton swabs, or string for stitches.  Doctors working in these areas of need have had to hang up their gloves because they cannot throw them away.  This is a huge health hazard causing the spread of infectious disease.  This is something that has stuck with me.  Every country should be able to use clean medical supplies with every patient and yet, something as simple as clean gloves can be a rare and expensive privilege.

After our briefing, we took a tour of the warehouse and got started at our tables.  There we began our work by sorting through a large pile of supplies and separating them into their bins.  This was the best part of the process.  As a company, we worked together and bonded while efficiently filling 170 boxes of supplies, ready to be flown to different countries in need.

I am so glad that we, as a company, got to share this time together.  This is a great place for companies to help out the community and the world, while bonding at the same time.  What pains me most is that great non-profits, like MedShare, could make a bigger impact if they could expand to every major city in America.  MedShare has been struggling to get their brand name noticed.  That’s where we come in.  WebMarketing123 has decided to start a foundation, dedicated to providing free digital marketing services to non-profit organizations.  The new foundation will help other nonprofits spend their Google advertising dollars wisely, increase their following on Facebook and Twitter, and boost their organic search rankings.  When a non-profit is more noticeable, that’s when they get more help, more donations, and increase the opportunity to make a big impact on the world.

More information will be released soon about Webmarketing123’s non-profit foundation. Please keep in touch with us at#wm123 and check out our blog for new updates. To learn more about MedShare and how your company can get involved, visit www.medshare.org.

The staff at MedShare would like to thank the wonderful Webmarketing123 team for taking the time to sort and box medical supplies. Without volunteers like them, we wouldn’t be able to achieve our mission of bridging the gap between surplus and need.

If you’d like to volunteer, click here to sign up. Opportunities are available in both the San Francisco Bay Area as well as the Atlanta area. 

Container Shipment to Sunyani Government Hospital in Brong Ahafo, Ghana


On July 27, 2011, MedShare’s Western Regional Distribution Center shipped out a 40 ft container of medical humanitarian aid for Sunyani Government Hospital in Brong Ahafo, Ghana.  This is one of the main referral hospitals in the region of Sunyani, and has a capacity of 300 in-patient beds.

The container carried over 800 pieces of medical supplies and equipment that were individually selected by the hospital’s doctors, including:

  • bandages
  • gloves
  • gauze
  • cotton swabs
  • walkers
  • splints
  • exam tables
  • an infant scale
  • an electrosurgical  unit
  • neulizers
  • x-ray view box
  • and much more!