Volunteer Spotlight - Supply Superstar Pat McCourt
Written by Jodi Grahl
One of the substantial ways that Solidarity Bridge partners with Bolivian hospitals and doctors to provide surgery and other health care is by donating the high-value medical and surgical supplies and equipment they need. To put it in concrete terms, Solidarity Bridge staff, missioners, and volunteers receive, pack, and ship off or carry millions of dollars worth of specialized equipment and supplies to Bolivia each year. That means there is a constant flow of boxes to be picked up from a donor, pallets to be loaded onto a truck, or suitcases to be hauled to the airport. And that means a constant need for volunteers to help us pick up those boxes, load those pallets, and haul those suitcases.
So who do we call?
For many years now, we’ve relied on Pat McCourt. Nine out of ten times, all Pat needs to know is when and where. After that, we rest assured, knowing the job is done, and done with care.
So we are dedicating this blog to say, as loudly as we can, THANKS PAT!
Since retiring a few years ago from a busy career in commercial real estate, Pat has been active serving his community in various volunteer roles. We are honored and grateful to be one of the organizations blessed with Pat’s generosity. If you look closely at photos of key Solidarity Bridge moments over the past few years, Pat is often there in the background, literally doing the heavy lifting of equipment and supplies on their way to Bolivia.
Join us as we look back on some of these moments with Pat at our side. And if you see him around town – probably behind the wheel of his ever-reliable cargo van – be sure to return his always-friendly wave and say, Thanks Pat!
How do we get 1,250 pounds of supplies from Mokena, Illinois, to our Evanston warehouse? Call Pat!
How do we get 16 suitcases and two missioners to the airport? Call Pat!
Loading a Shipping Container
Pat has also been on hand for several “container loading days” when we pack hundreds of boxes onto a trailer truck to be shipped to Bolivia. Thanks Pat!
To learn more about how YOU can become a volunteer with Solidarity Bridge, visit our website.
Jodi Grahl is our Director of General Surgery, Gynecologic Surgery and Pacemaker Programs, and oversees much of our supply procurement efforts. She has been on staff at Solidarity Bridge for more than seven years and has traveled with more than 20 mission teams.