P.O.C.C.

In 2012, P.O.C.C. was adopted fully under the umbrella of core projects hosted by PHI!

P.O.C.C. was created to save surplus usable P&O goods from being sent to landfills while innumerable individuals around the world are in need of prostheses and orthoses. P.O.C.C. provides individuals, P&O facilities, manufacturers and distributors a clearinghouse that enables them to make tax deductible donations of new and gently used prosthetic goods and new orthotic goods. These donations, in turn, afford non-governmental organizations (NGOs), P&O practitioners, developing world P&O schools, developing world P&O facilities and researchers access to these badly needed and often costly goods.

Goals and Objectives

P.O.C.C. GOAL: To elevate the quantity and quality of prosthetic and orthotic rehabilitation services everywhere.

P.O.C.C. Objectives:

As of January 1, 2013,
P.O.C.C.’s inventory
is over 8 TONS!!!

History

The Prosthetic & Orthotic Component Clearinghouse (P.O.C.C.; pronounced Pahk-see…rhymes with Foxy!) was launched by PHI founder Robert Kistenberg in July 2007 as a collaborative project between MedShare International, U.S. National Member Society of ISPO (US-ISPO), the MSPO Program at Georgia Tech and the Barr Foundation.

At the end of 2012, P.O.C.C.’s arrangement with MedShare International and the Barr Foundation expired and we sought a new warehouse home or risked having to put into landfill almost EIGHT TONS of P&O Goods being stored! Fortuitously, PHI now has a partnership with The Bobby Dodd Institute which has allowed this very important program to continue on.

Donate items to P.O.C.C.

Thank you for considering making your donation of P&O goods to P.O.C.C. We strive to distribute the donations we receive so that:

In 2012, P.O.C.C. was adopted fully under the umbrella of core projects hosted by PHI!

Guidelines for P.O.C.C. Donors

While we strive to make every effort to prevent waste, there are some items that are just not recyclable or reusable. In order to prevent you from spending money unnecessarily shipping unusable items and then our volunteers from spending time sorting through unusable items, please review the GUIDELINES below. Before sending anything that requires a pallet please contact us so the warehouse can be notified in advance.

The following PROSTHETIC items are acceptable as donations:

The following ORTHOTIC items are acceptable as donations:

The following GENERAL items are acceptable as donations:

The following items are NOT acceptable as donations:

If you have questions about your donations or would like to donate something that is not on the list above, please contact us.

Shipping instructions

If you have something to give, please complete this P.O.C.C. DONATION FORM to alert us of your incoming shipment and to assist us in providing you with tax deduction documentation.

If you have something to give, please send it to the address below:

Prosthetic Orthotic Community Clinic
C/O Good Samaritan Health Center
1015 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Tax Deductions

Upon receipt of your donated P&O Goods at P.O.C.C., we will send to you a tax donation receipt from Prosthetic Hope International as we are a US 501(c)3 non-profit organization. That receipt will be sent according to the weight of the P&O Goods you sent.

Ultimately, the amount of money you choose to deduct from your taxes must be decided between you and your CPA. By way of guidance for individuals making device donations, PHI offers the following suggestions:

Request items from P.O.C.C.

In order to receive items from the P.O.C.C., you must first review the Guidelines for Recipients section in order to ensure your eligibility. Once you have completed reviewing these and if you believe you are indeed eligible to request a distribution, please review the Instructions to Obtain P&O Goods section also below.

Guidelines for Recipients

Instructions to Obtain P&O Goods

  • Non-governmental organizations (NGO's) and charitable groups or individuals who wish to obtain items from the P.O.C.C. inventory need to first complete the web-based application located at P.O.C.C. APPLICATION.
  • Once your application has been received, it will be reviewed and references checked. If the application is not acceptable or additional information is needed, you will be notified.
  • If the application is accepted, you will be notified by email
  • FEES: Recipients are responsible for a warehouse fee based on the final weight of the distribution, payable through our PayPal site. If you include your preferred shipper (FedEx, UPS or DHL) on the application form and the shipping number, we can charge the shipping fees to your account. The warehouse fees need to be paid prior to shipment. Regarding the fees:

    P.O.C.C. by the Numbers

    Since 2007, P.O.C.C. has processed over 7 TONS of P&O Goods!!!

    While the most significant impact of P.O.C.C. efforts is felt by the hundreds of people who have received clinical services who otherwise would not be able to get prostheses or orthoses, it is difficult for us to quantify the number of people who have been served through our distributions.

    Alternately, as a measure of our environmental impact, everything that comes into and goes out of P.O.C.C. is weighed. This allows us to track our progress with objective numbers. As of January 1, 2013, P.O.C.C. has processed 14,885 pounds of goods. The breakdown is presented in the graph below.

    Trash, the blue bars, consists of items which we cannot use or recycle. We have made efforts to reduce the amount of trash we process by emphasizing in our Guidelines what is appropriate and what is not as shipping “trash” is costly for people to ship and wasteful of our time to process.

    Recycling, the red bars, includes cardboard, metal and plastics which are not useable for clinical applications but can be sent to commercial recyclers to generate income.

    P&O Facilities, the green bars, is the general category of all distributions sent for direct clinical care. This is the area we’d like to see grow exponentially.

    MedShare distributions, the purple bars, consist of orthotic goods that are considered to be “off the shelf”. Items which do not require a certified or licensed orthotist to assemble and deliver are sorted and sent to MedShare International. MedShare support Orthopedic Hospitals around the world which have a demand for these types of items. While P.O.C.C. is no longer housed in the MedShare warehouse, we maintain a strong and supportive relationship.

    While we started in July 2007, we only started effectively tracking everything in 2008. That year, we realized we had a large amount of plastics that could not be used. Rather than landfill, we found a recycler.

    In 2009 & 2010, we focused more on tracking clinical distributions but came to realize that in order to get the full picture, we needed to weigh everything.

    2011 and 2012 are considered our baseline years as we now have our processes in place and are working diligently to establish new partners for both donations and distributions. Moving the entire stock from MedShare to Bobby Dodd at the end of 2012/beginning of 2013 did prove to be a formidable organizational challenge; however it was met with strong determination and ultimately, P.O.C.C. has a new home.

    Volunteer at P.O.C.C.

    You can become a part of POCC by volunteering with us at the P.O.C.C. warehouse located in Atlanta, Georgia. The facility is open weekdays from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. During this time we sort donations, disassemble devices, organize them and update the online inventory with the newly received goods. The volunteer sessions are organized by the student group called Promoting Orthotics and Prosthetics (POP) at Georgia Institute of Technology (POP’s website). Fill out the Volunteer Form to let us know you’re interested in volunteering with P.O.C.C.

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