Website Global Links
Sharing Surplus. Saving Lives.
Founded in Pittsburgh in 1989, Global Links is dedicated to supporting health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities locally and globally while promoting environmental stewardship in the US healthcare system. We work towards mobility, independence, dignity and health for all.
In order to strengthen the Board of Global Links, Board members must have a passion for our mission (global, local, environmental and health) and the capability and willingness to raise awareness and support for the organization.
We are currently seeking candidates with expertise in law, human resources, media or corporate leadership for a three year renewable term.
Global Links is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our organization. We are committed to ethnic, racial, gender identity, age, abilities, language and other diversity factors.
The full board meets quarterly and all board members serve on a committee that also meets quarterly.
Global Links is dedicated to supporting health-improvement programs in communities that lack resources. Since 1989, we have been collaborating with government officials, healthcare professionals and community leaders to develop projects that support public health goals both internationally and domestically by improving access to quality medical materials.
We rescue an average of 250 tons of high-quality surplus medical materials every year that would otherwise be sent to landfills. These materials are shared with public health facilities around the world and safety net organizations in Western Pennsylvania that are providing care for their community’s most vulnerable people. More than 3,500 local volunteers of all abilities, ages and backgrounds sort, assess, and pack nearly 95% of the surplus medical materials converting surplus into life-saving donations.
In the last 30 years, Global Links has supported health improvement projects in more than 100 countries. Our work supports the health goals as outlined by the communities in which we work and empowers health professionals with the equipment and supplies they need to care for their patients.
In mid-March we expanded our network of Community Partners from 33 local nonprofits to over 300 agencies in response to the public health crisis. The nonprofit safety net is the first line of defense and prevention in a crisis. This safety net includes free and charitable health clinics, shelters, human and social services, childcare, and senior care organizations. As of October, 2020, we made 710 deliveries of supplies to fight COVID-19, serving 1100 organizations at a value of $2 million, as part of our domestic pandemic response. Global Links has worked for 3 decades to improve health by equipping healthcare providers and caregivers in resource-poor settings and we are applying that knowledge domestically to benefit our local community more.
The feedback has been overwhelming and positive from first-time and recurring partners:
“I opened this email and almost cried. Your generosity is so welcomed. The items and amounts are perfect. I can’t thank you enough.” – Medina Goudelock, Wilkinsburg Family Center
“Thanks so much. We could not do this without Global Links.” – Brenda Gregg, Project Destiny
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