Get Involved

Help save a life. Think globally, act locally. Give the gift of your time.

Volunteers are an essential part of Global Links’ operations. Volunteers sort and pack more than 95% of the medical supplies Global Links donates to resource-poor communities. Some volunteers help check equipment, repair wheelchairs, or work on administrative tasks. You can volunteer from home, or out in the community.

Schedule a Shift
  1. 1 Identify your areas of interest

    Ways to Get Involved

    In House

    Help us get valuable medical materials into the hands of nurses, doctors, and patients who desperately need them.

    • Pack Medical Supplies

      After our supplies are sorted and identified, they need to be packed for shipment. Be a part of the team that counts, catalogs and boxes up these items.

      • Sign up for a regular schedule or as you are available – does not require regular commitment.
    • Sort Medical Supplies

      Medical supplies come to us from hospitals, with many different items all mixed together. The first step in our process is to sort these unused supplies into like items. Our teams of dedicated sorters are an important step in the cycle of readying these supplies for packing and shipping.

      • Requires a regular commitment (either weekly or every other week) to learn about the supplies.
    • Administrative Support

      Help with filing, mailings, and other administrative projects as they come up.

      • Sign up for a regular schedule or as you are available – does not require regular commitment.
      • Let us call you when we need you!
    • Instrument Specialist

      We get many different kinds of surgical instruments. We need volunteers to catalog, clean, label, and pack them for shipment.

      • Requires a regular commitment (either weekly, every other week, or monthly).
      • Flexible schedule – come whenever works for you after your training.
      • Requires attention to detail.
      • We will train you!
    • Equipment Specialist

      We get many different types of basic medical equipment, including nebulizers (asthma machines), crutches and walkers, digital thermometers and blood pressure units. We need volunteers to test equipment, identify and match up accessories, clean, and pack or prepare them for shipment.

      • Requires a regular commitment (either weekly, every other week, or monthly).
      • Flexible schedule – come whenever works for you after your training.
      • Requires attention to detail.
      • We will train you! No experience necessary. If you have an engineering or mechanical background, we have more advanced projects available.
    • Wheelchair Mechanic

      Help repair and prep gently used wheelchairs that have been donated by the community and healthcare facilities.

      • Requires a regular commitment (either weekly, every other week, or monthly).
      • Flexible schedule – come whenever works for you after your training.
      • Requires attention to detail.
      • Basic knowledge of bicycle or vehicle mechanics is a plus.
      • You will work in a warehouse/shop environment with equipment and tools provided.
      • Minimal supervision after training.
    • Medical Specialist

      Help identify - in person or via email - specialized supplies and equipment, or provide training on a specialty or health topic for Global Links staff.

      • Flexible schedule.
      • Should be a nurse, doctor, technician, or someone with specific and specialized knowledge.

    In the Community

    We depend on volunteers out in the community – or anywhere in the world! Help us in your own space, on your own time.

    • Deliver Healthcare: Hold a Fundraiser

      Whether you blog, hold benefit parties, or run marathons, there are a lot of ways to help Global Links cover the costs of shipping medical aid to resource-poor communities. See what the funds you raise can do. We will work with you! Share your ideas, or ask for ours. Contact Angela Garcia.

    • Celebrate and Support Global Health

      Do you have an upcoming special event – a birthday, wedding or anniversary? Suggesting your guests contribute to Global Links instead of bringing a gift directly improves healthcare in underserved communities. Global Links can provide a PDF to print out and include in an invitation explaining the choice you have made. See what impact their gifts can have.

    • Breathe Hope: Global Links Nebulizer Collection

      Across Central and South America, asthma is on the rise, and nebulizers are in short supply. Collect nebulizers in your community, use social media to raise awareness of how Global Links addresses this problem, raise funds to support the costs of shipping and supplies. You can also sign up for a regular shift as a volunteer Equipment Specialist and prepare nebulizers for shipment.

    • Improve Maternal/Infant Health

      Global Links regularly donates medical materials to improve conditions in maternity wards in resource-poor areas. We also provide sturdy, handmade bags filled with carefully selected supplies for after the baby arrives. The bags provide hospitals and clinics with a way to encourage expectant mothers to come in for prenatal care and medically attended births – improving survival for mothers and babies.

      • Host a baby shower - guests bring items for our signature baby bags. See our baby registry on Target.com or the list on our website, New Baby Collection.
      • Sew one of our baby bags - detailed instructions are on our website.
      • Getting married? Having a baby? List Global Links on your gift registries.
      • Raise funds: $6000 sponsorship furnishes a birth suite for safe deliveries. $500 allows us to ship 50 baby bags to encourage prenatal care and attended deliveries.
    • Hold a Community Collection

      Support our work and improve global healthcare by organizing a Personal Care or Home Health Equipment collection at your school, work, or place of worship in Western Pennsylvania. Global Links will provide a tool kit and online staff support to help you get started. Materials collected must be dropped off at Global Links.

  2. 2 Fill out the Volunteer Application for an Individual or a Group, and sign a waiver.
  3. 3 Schedule a Shift. Please wait until your shift has been confirmed by the Volunteer Program Manager before coming in to volunteer.
  4. 4 Attend a Global Links to Health Tour.