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Frequently Asked Questions

Afya volunteers posing for a photo

Afya delivers life-saving medical supplies, equipment, and humanitarian goods to those in need around the world. There are numerous ways for individuals and organizations to contribute and get involved. Here are some questions we get a lot!

General

Afya means “health” in Kishwahili.

  • Due to the widespread threat of Covid-19, the Afya warehouse is not currently open to volunteers. Please check back for more info as the situation changes.
  • There are numerous ways to be involved from home! Please refer to the Volunteer page for more info.
  • We are still operating at normal hours, 9am – 5pm, and can be in contact with you during these hours.
  • We are still accepting material donations. Please refer to the Donate Supplies page for more info.
  • Afya is located at 140 Saw Mill River River Road in Yonkers, New York.
  • Volunteers enter the warehouse on the second floor of the building!
  • The US has significant regulations in place that require supplies to be discarded under certain conditions, regardless of sterility or use.
  • The US is an advanced technological society where equipment is updated and innovated steadily. This innovation creates an enormous opportunity for rescue.

Donations

  • Our truck is only available to pick up from hospitals, large facilities, clinicians’ offices, and individuals who have hospital beds to donate. There is a fee of $100 for pickup. (Contact info@afyafoundation.org to schedule a pickup). Generally, we schedule a bed pickup 3 weeks in advance.
  • Pickups are more limited due to Covid-19.
  • Please refer to the Donate Supplies page for more info on what material we accept
  • Yes, we are! Our IRS Tax ID EIN is 26-1300361
  • You will get a receipt emailed to you after each donation
  • Click here to see learn more about supply donations.
  • During Covid-19, Afya is only accepting donations at the warehouse.
    • Please call ahead to make sure someone is available to help you unload your vehicle. (914)-920-5081. You can either bring the supplies upstairs or someone will help you unload at our loading dock. We are able to accept donations from 9am until 2pm, Mondays through Fridays.
  • Keep a list of the items you’re donating to us for your tax records.
  • We do not accept any pharmaceuticals or medications
  • For more information, please refer to the Donate Supplies page.

We cannot accept expired supplies. These items cannot be shipped because they won’t clear customs internationally. Learn more on the Donate Supplies page.

You can request an Afya Luggage for Life bag by emailing info@afyafoundation.org

The Afya Luggage for Life program offers a way to get essential medical supplies to underserved health systems. With a $150 donation, travelers on a medical mission, family vacation, volunteer trip, or study abroad program, can bring an Afya Luggage for Life duffel bag full of life-saving medical supplies to a clinic in need.

  • If you are a medical facility in need of material, you can apply to receive material on the Request Supplies page. Please note that requested deliveries come with a required fee.
  • Individuals are not eligible to receive material unless they are medical practitioners associated with a healthcare facility.

Getting Involved

We have many ways you can help! Click any link below to learn more!

Volunteer

Donate

Donate Supplies

Deliver

  • During Covid-19, families and small groups can volunteer outside of the warehouse. Please see the Volunteer page for more information and to sign up.
  • Other groups such as religious organizations, corporations, clubs, service organizations, and others may also set up special volunteer opportunities such as sorting medical supplies, running fundraising events or challenges, making PPE, and more. Please see the Volunteer page.

Yes! When scheduling permits, Afya’s Founder and CEO Danielle Butin is available as a speaker. Contact info@afyafoundation.org for requests and arrangements!

No, Afya supports the infrastructure of existing health clinics and we travel infrequently.

Delivering medical supplies to individuals who need them is an amazing addition to any vacation.

The Afya Luggage for Life program offers a way to get essential medical supplies to underserved health systems. With a $150 donation, travelers on a medical mission, family vacation, volunteer trip, or study abroad program, can bring an Afya Luggage for Life duffel bag full of life-saving medical supplies to a clinic in need.

Email info@afyafoundation.org to learn more and to request a bag.