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.

Western Region’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

On Tuesday, April 12, our Western Region hosted its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Volunteers received awards recognizing their service achievements this year, and a wonderful Ethiopian meal was enjoyed.

Presidential Service Award Winners - Bronze for 100+ hours this year

Nassim Nouri wins a Presidential Award

As part of the luncheon, we hosted a guest speaker. Kidist, a nurse in Nejo, Ethiopia, shared her work with the group, as well as her efforts to sponsor a container shipment.

John Morton - 476 Volunteer Hours This Year!!!

Marcus and Tierney

What are folks saying about MedShare? From a Yelp review from last week

I came as a volunteer with my company and I had a life changing experience.  I think it is awesome that MedShare provides medical supplies to developing countries across the globe.  Just hearing the tragic stories made me feel sad but actually having an opportunity to make a difference in my life. I plan to go back and volunteer as an individual. I encourage other companies to get their employees out there to volunteer.  Volunteering as a team is a great team building activity and it very rewarding to see the effect on the lives of people around the world.”

Virginia and Terry

16 of our volunteers received Presidential Volunteer Service Awards:

  • 5 Silver with 250+ hours this year
  • 1 Young Adult Silver
  • 11 Bronze with 100+ hours this year

Kaiser Permanente Visitors

Triage Consulting Visitors

We also honored some of our corporate partners who sent representatives– Kaiser Permanente, Owens and Minor, Triage Consulting – plus Samuel Merritt University that has made volunteering at MedShare part of their nursing school curriculum.

Thanks to all of the staff that made this event a success – especially to Terry Monday and Tierney Haupt for their commitment to making each and every volunteer experience a meaningful one.

MedShares Terry Monday and Tierney Haupt with JoAnna Morton, who earned a Presidential Volunteer Service Award

To view more photos of the event, click here.