How To Volunteer

REMEDY volunteers are needed throughout the calendar year to help collect, sort and pack surplus medical supplies at our off-campus storage warehouse in Durham.  Assistance is also needed to coordinate volunteers, review supply requests, coordinate donations, and record inventory.

How to volunteer:

If you would like to volunteer with REMEDY at Duke, send an email expressing your interest and availability to

All volunteers must be age 18  or older and capable of performing light physical activity.  There is no minimum number of hours required to volunteer with REMEDY.  Safety and compliance training will be provided by the REMEDY coordinators.

Volunteers are needed throughout the year, including summer and semester breaks.  Target group size per session is around 4-6 people, although occasionally there may be a need for a larger group.

Volunteering with REMEDY primarily involves sorting and packing surplus medical supplies.   If you are looking for patient care volunteer experience, consider one of the many Duke Hospital volunteer programs offered through Duke Hospital Volunteer Services, call 919-681-5031 or go to:

Where and When:

Sorting sessions take place at the Duke Medicine warehouse located about 3 miles from Duke West Campus.  We typically meet for about 2-3 hours once a month, usually on weekends.

Currently we are meeting “as needed” . Contact to find out when the next session will be.

Packing and Inventory Procedures:

Wear comfortable clothing that you would not mind getting dirty and is appropriate for light physical work including bending, kneeling and lifting.  Please wear closed toed shoes (no sandals).

Before sorting or packing any materials, put on a pair of disposable gloves, available in the collections area.


  • Empty new surplus from boxes or bags and place each item in the appropriate labeled sorting bins on the shelves.
  • Unusable, damaged, or soiled items should be discarded in the trash bin located in the sorting area.
  • Corrugated cardboard should be recycled in the box crusher on the first floor.
  • Discard any unprotected needles, blades or other sharps in the red “sharps” disposal containers located in the collections area.
  • Discard any syringes or sutures that are not in their sterile peel-pack package.
  • Highly specialized or technically complex items or supplies are generally not suitable for overseas donation, but may be donated to one of our teaching labs. Examples include cardiac catheterization cannulas, endoscopic or other specialized surgical devices, or devices that require specific machinery or equipment to operate.
  • Expired blood collection tubes, arterial blood gas syringes, IV solutions (bags or flush syringes) should be discarded.
  • Containers with liquids (e.g. scrub soaps, iodine, alcohol, etc.) should be inspected closely for leaks and discarded if any are found. Place these in plastic bags before packing.

**If you are unsure what an item is or whether it should be packed, just leave it and we will make a determination later.


  • Cardboard boxes available in the collections area are packed with items from the sorting bins. Whenever possible, put similar items together in the same box, rather than an assortment of unlike items. Liquid containers should be placed in a plastic bag before being packed.
  • Write with a marker on the side of the box the general contents, e.g. “antiseptics”, “exam gloves”, “bandages and dressings”, etc.