In March our team volunteered at NC MedAssist, a nonprofit pharmacy that provides access to prescription and non-prescription medication, patient support and other related services to uninsured NC residents. This volunteer opportunity was new to us as it is not one of the organizations sponsored by the Giving Green Campaign. We were not sure what to expect when we got there, but it turned out to be a great experience. When we arrived, we were given a tour of the facility and information about where the medications come from, who gets it and how it is distributed. Our task was to open the donated boxes of medications and sort them into categories. We also had to make sure the medications were not expired and/or damaged. This was an important task as it allowed the shoppers, volunteers who gather the medications for the clients, to quickly get in and find the requested medication(s).
Overall, this was a very rewarding experience and a great team building exercise. We quickly realized how little we knew about how medication is organized and how easy it is for one to fall into more than one category. We also learned about how vital this program is to the community and how lucky we are to have medical insurance through the state. Sometimes it is easy to forget that not everyone has the luxury or opportunity to get medical coverage. The need for a facility like NC MedAssist is one that is often overlooked. The Charlotte area is lucky to have NC MedAssist available to our residents