SOS (SOS) is a Louisville, Kentucky-based nonprofit organization that meets critical health care needs in medically impoverished communities around the world by collecting and distributing surplus medical supplies and equipment. SOS promotes environmental stewardship, partnering with hospitals and others to recover and send what would otherwise go to landfills. Since 1993, we have saved more than one million pounds of medical equipment and supplies from landfills, and brought health and hope to 105 countries around the globe, including our own.
SOS was founded in 1993 by Dr. Norton Waterman and members of the Greater Louisville Medical Society (GLMS) as a response to the waste created by Louisville’s medical system. Read More
SOS meets critical healthcare needs in developing countries around the world by recovering and redistributing surplus medical supplies and equipment. SOS promotes environmental stewardship, partnering with hospitals and others to recover and send what would otherwise go to the landfill. Read More
Our Board of Directors is the SOS governing body, responsible for overseeing the fiduciary and strategic direction of the organization. This group represents a broad cross section of the community, and is united by a passion for creating a healthier planet and a healthier world. Members serve without compensation. Read More
These are the people who make SOS work! Our small but effective staff works alongside our extraordinarily dedicated volunteers to realize SOS’s unique, compelling, and important mission. Together with our volunteers, interns, board, and friends, these individuals work day-in and day-out to grow the organization’s impact, and deliver a world of health and hope. Read More
SOS relies on these medical supply, corporate, and service partners for support on many levels. Our partners share our passion for global health and a healthy environment, and are instrumental to making SOS work. Read More