The Jewish Association on Aging (JAA) becomes an official drop-off point for the community to donate their surplus and no-longer-needed homecare medical materials to Global Links. Items such as rolling walkers, manual wheelchairs, incontinence supplies, shower benches, and more, are now being collected at JAA, making it easier for residents in the East and South communities to donate materials from which others will benefit.
The public is invited to participate in a kick-off and donation drive at JAA at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 in JAA’s main entrance atrium. The first donation at JAA will be made by a special guest, the City of Pittsburgh’s canine ambassador, River. Others from the Office of the Mayor and local advocates will be on hand to launch this special program.
The Global Links Domestic Aid Program, Community Partners, works with western Pennsylvania safety net organizations to provide medical materials, mobility aids, home healthcare equipment, and collaborative support to help agencies better serve their clients and patients.
“The services and location of the Jewish Association on Aging made it a logical choice to become a member of our Community Collection Network,” says Global Links’ Executive Director, Angela Garcia. “In addition to the ease of access, we also want to give JAA patients and caregivers a thoughtful option for disposing of no-longer-needed materials.”
“All of us at JAA are happy to be assisting organizations in the Pittsburgh region who need medical supplies, serving as a convenient place to drop off them off. Participating in this program provides benefit to several constituencies: our own residents and their families, the local community and partner organizations,” says JAA President and CEO Debbie Winn-Horvitz.
In addition to the kick-off collection event, the public is encouraged to bring donations to JAA at 200 JHF Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 - Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Please call 412-420-4000 before dropping items off.
"The Community Collection Network demonstrates the power of partnership in Pittsburgh to uplift all residents and build more equitable communities," said Councilperson Erika Strassburger. "I commend Global Links and the Jewish Association on Aging, two outstanding organizations, for their work on this incredible project and encourage Pittsburgh residents and businesses to donate supplies to this worthy cause."
Materials donated at the JAA are processed and quality-checked at Global Links’ headquarters in Green Tree. Then, materials are distributed where the need is greatest through the Global Links Community Partners Program in Western PA or internationally through their medical aid projects.
The Global Links Community Collection Network is a network of organizations with a common mission and serve as accessible, public drop-off points where community members can take their home medical surplus materials for donation.