Founded by a Rochester physician, Ralph Pennino, MD, and supported by volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, InterVol is a Rochester community based non-profit organization. We are dedicated to serving others through the recovery and redistribution of medical supplies and equipment; to bridging local hospitals and medical professionals with other countries and care-giving organizations in areas of need; and to providing international educational support. We envision a better, more connected world, where people, materials, opportunities and needs are brought together for mutual benefit.
InterVol operates with a minimal budget and overhead, achieving extraordinary results through a dedicated group of over 300 volunteers. It has been determined that every $1 invested in the organization results in $9 of benefit for those served. Since 1989, InterVol has brought together this diverse group of volunteers. They have the opportunity to impact the lives of our community, the nation, and the world, by giving of their time and expertise to those in need. Older generations volunteer with younger generations to teach and instill the values of giving by example. The community and the world can greatly benefit from their efforts.
In early 2008, InterVol and Rochester General Health System formalized its 10-year relationship with an affiliation agreement. This partnership will allow both organizations to utilize its resources to reach a wider community base.
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Volunteer Medical Professionals (VMP)
Each year InterVol sends at least one team of health care professionals to areas in the country of Belize with significant medical need. During our time spent in these locations we do more than just provide medical and surgical care, as we offer resources to increase the health care infrastructure, including program planning, equipment, and supplies.
Recovery of Unused Medical Supplies (Rums)
Each year thousands of pounds of medical supplies and equipment are thrown out although they are still usable. InterVol collects materials from local hospitals, other medical facilities, and individuals to be redistributed locally, nationally, and internationally.
Friends Across Borders (FAB)
FAB was born out of the question that arose from the 2005 VMP trip: "How does one truly promote change?" The unanimous answer was education. This program is designed to provide students at all levels (elementary to graduate school) with opportunities to become an integral part of the global community. All of FAB's activities are designed through a service-learning and civic involvement model.