Organization Profile

What We Do:

MedShare, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is dedicated to improving healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment to those most in need, in our local community and in economically developing countries. We collect surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, distributors, and manufacturers, and then redistribute it to qualified healthcare facilities that provide care to the underserved. We also outfit medical missions and safety net clinics in both the U.S. and abroad. This process offers U.S. health care providers an environmentally and socially responsible alternative to throwing away medical materials.

Who We Are:

Each year, millions of people in economically developing countries, and in our own communities, go without proper medical care due to a lack of medical resources. Because of this, many injuries and diseases that should not be life threatening, or even serious, cause death, disability and suffering. At the same time, the U.S. health care system discards over $6.5 billion worth of medical supplies and equipment each year because of procedural excess, regulatory requirements or production overages. A large portion of these items could be used to save lives. However, the vast majority of this surplus, more than two million tons of medical products, goes into landfills or is incinerated. We need volunteers to help sort these critically needed medical supplies! Our volunteer sessions are 3 hours long, and we have morning and afternoon sessions Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays as well as other times during the week. We encourage you to dress comfortably in layers because you'll be working in a warehouse. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are a must! If you would like to volunteer with us please go here to create a profile and sign up for open volunteer sessions. MedShare is a great place to volunteer with family, friends, co-workers or other groups. You can all work together and enjoy the satisfaction of doing something that will be life-changing (maybe even life-saving) for someone in the world. We accept volunteers from ages 10 and up but young volunteers (ages 10-13) must be accompanied by a parent, and all volunteers under age 18 must have a signed parent permission form. A short orientation and training session must be completed the first time you volunteer. Volunteers should be able to stand while working in a warehouse without cooling or heating. English literacy is required.

Health & Human Services
San Leandro, CA, 94577