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Seeing firsthand the dire need for basic medical supplies and equipment in developing countries prompted Dr. Ralph Pennino to begin what is now an organization that collects and ships more than 85 tons of medical supplies and equipment each year.


InterVol has provided medical supplies and equipment to 83 countries around the world and supports more than 103 nonprofits stateside. The best part? InterVol continues to grow each and every day thanks to volunteer support.


InterVol is more than just medical supplies and equipment though. Almost immediately after seeing the desperate need for supplies and equipment, co-founder Dr. Timothy O’Connor recognized that many doctors, nurses and allied health personnel were willing to volunteer their time improving the health of those less fortunate here in the United States and overseas.


This concept has evolved into dozens of teams traveling thousands of miles to treat those affected by homelessness, cancer and other diseases.



Long before it was hip to recycle and repurpose, InterVol established its RUMS (Recycling of Unused Medical Supplies) program. Collecting unused and discarded medical supplies was a unique idea in 1989. Since then, InterVol has encouraged the reduction of waste in our local health systems through more efficient ordering systems and a higher level of accountability in sustainability efforts.

Our Story


Founded by Dr. Ralph Pennino and Dr Tim O'Connor


First visit to Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. InterVol traveled for more than a seven years serving thousands of Native Americans


Off the Vine is held at CMAC


Haitian amputee receives prosthetic from partner Hanger Clinic


Medical team visits Jamaica, piloting a telemedicine program


The first of 12 patients from overseas receives life saving surgery at Rochester General Hospital


More than 10,000 patient interactions and 500 surgeries are performed by medical teams following the devastating Haiti earthquake


InterVol Invitational is held at Ravenwood Golf Club


Volunteers fit-test more than 5,000 medical professionals for N-95 masks

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