The 3rd annual Ohio Blogging Association volunteer night is in the books!
The blogroll for the evening:
- Alicia from Poise in Parma (that’s me!)
- Anita from @anitalily10 - hurrah for blog readers!
- Beth from Craveable Cleveland (her recap is up!)
- Cleveland Chick from Happiness is a Hot Pierogi
- Jen from WhyCLE? (her recap is up!)
- Julie from ROJ Running
- Kasey from @KaseyCrabtree
- Reanna from Big Shot (Dot the i)
When scheduling the OBA blogger meetups, I try to do my best to make sure we schedule at least one opportunity to roll up our sleeves and give back some time and energy to our community. So for 2013, we gathered this past Tuesday night at a local non-profit doing great things here and around the world.
MedWish International “is a not-for-profit organization committed to repurposing medical supplies and equipment discarded by the healthcare industry with the objectives of providing humanitarian aid in developing countries to save lives and reducing waste to save our environment.” (Source: MedWish’s mission statement)
Basically: they are helping people in all of these countries:
…by doing the following: “MedWish works with a range of partners to recover medical surplus hospitals can no longer use. U.S. hospitals generate more than 5.9 million tons of medical waste each year. Much of that waste is unused medical supplies and equipment. Our Humanitarian Aid Program distributes the medical surplus we recover.” (Source: their website.)
Their headquarters located right here in Cleveland is an old warehouse – something being repurposed itself – and was filled with any piece of medical equipment that you could think of. Surgical gloves, bed pans, crutches, beds, and things you may have never even seen before.
A non-profit social media FTW.
We took a tour of the facility that included storage space, administrative offices, volunteer sort areas and a learning center. And then we got to work.
Those are the 100 surgical packs that we put together in what felt like a blink of an eye. Those packs will be distributed to hospitals and med centers in South Africa and Panama. Normally, that pile of materials would have ended up in a landfill. Now, they will help save lives.
Two hours of our time. That’s all it took to learn a bit about something happening here locally but having widespread implications. And that project we did is only a small bit of what MedWish does. It was an honor to be able to give back just a bit of time in this way – thank you to the kind folks at MedWish for hosting the OBA bloggers, and to those that attended.
What to get to know MedWish better? Check them out on Facebook and on Twitter. Also, their big Band Aid Bash is coming up on Saturday, April 27 at the non-profit’s warehouse. They have plenty keeping them busy!
Want to join the Ohio Blogging Association in April? RSVP by April 8 at the Facebook event page for our meetup at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Wednesday, April 17. Bloggers, blog readers, tweeters… everyone is invited!
Disclosure: I organize the Ohio Blogging Association Cleveland meetups. I reached out to the employees of MedWish to see if we could coordinate a blogger meetup opportunity. All thoughts and opinions are my own.