The Department of Minnesota recently announced the 2013 results of their innovative Donor Connect Program, which connects donors from various sources throughout the state who donate medical equipment to injured or ill veterans.
“The Donor Connect Program is an outstanding result of the Department on Minnesota’s ongoing dedication to innovation,” said Department of Minnesota Commander Robert Hartley, Jr. “Within today’s DAV, it’s not enough to conduct business as usual. Each Department must strive to implement inventive service programs utilizing all available resources, which may include the latest technologies or, as with the Donor Connect Program, a [DAV] member’s executive expertise.”
The program saw more than 500 pieces of equipment, ranging from home care aids and exercise machines to mobility assistance devices like stair chair lifts and power scooters.
“The donated equipment in 2013 is valued at more than $510,000,” said Stephen Whitehead, Department of Minnesota’s Adjutant and Executive Director. “It’s all been transferred from donors to disabled veterans or their family members in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.”
Other Departments wanting to implement an innovative program similar to Donor Connect should reach out to DAV Minnesota by calling 651-210-1161 or visiting www.davmn.org/donate-volunteer-veterans/medical-goods/.