celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, it will do so in a new space. The Pittsburgh-based non-profit which refurbishes and distributes surplus medical equipment to programs and hospitals in need will hold the grand opening of its new headquarters this Friday, followed by a Green Tree community day on Saturday.
Until this summer, Global Links operated from a Garfield volunteer center and a pair of Homewood warehouses, but co-founder Kathleen Hower had been long seeking an upgrade. Global Links relies very heavily on volunteer efforts, and the cost of hauling items between different locations was expensive.
“Oh my gosh, I’d looked for so many years,” Hower says. “It had to meet our needs, but also be something that we could afford. It was always one thing or another that we couldn’t do.”
She found it at 700 Trumbull Drive in Green Tree, where Global Links has consolidated its entire operation into 58,000 square-feet of warehouse space, offices and a new volunteer center which will open Friday.
“It changes everything. It’ll allow us to do so much more in a more efficient way, and bring more people into the organization,” says Hower, adding that Global Links culled around 10,000 volunteer hours from 2,000 people last year. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. We’re looking forward to getting them back.”
The grand opening ceremony will occur Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and include building tours, food trucks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Saturday’s community day, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include a plethora of activities and vendors, performances by Attack Theatre and food trucks from Bella Christie, Nakama, the Pittsburgh Taco Truck, Street Foods and Randita’s Grill.
For a complete list of events, vendors, speakers and tour schedules, check out the event page
on the company’s website.
Writer: Matthew Wein
Source: Kathleen Hower