The power of people willing to collaborate

Sue Daugherty
Mar 23, 2010

I work with three awesome people who are employees of Serving Our Seniors.  They work at the Drug Repository located inside Buderer Drug Store. 

Pictured here are my co-workers:  Latoya Warren,(L) Inventory Assistant, Tina Elmlinger,(Center) RN, Affordable Medications Coordinator  and Mary Bird, (R) Inventory Assistant & Data Entry Assistant. Each one of them work very closely with the pharmacy staff at Buderer Drug store, which operates the Drug Repository Program in space they donated to the cause of having a drug repository. (The Drug Repository Program dispenses medications to Erie County residents age 60 and older, who otherwise can’t afford their medications, for $7.40 a prescription.)

Click here to view a video with more information on the drug repository.

 All are instrumental in this collaborative effort. Because of these three ladies and Buderer Drug Store, older adults of Erie County reaped these benefits:

In the month of April 2009, 78 Erie County senior citizens who could not afford the cost of their medicines received 212 prescription medications at the cost of $7.40 each.  The retail value of these medications was $19,720.

In the month of May 2009, 84 Erie County senior citizens received 234 prescriptions at the cost of $7.40 each.  The retail value of these medications was $25,621.00

In the month of June 2009, 87 Erie County senior citizens received 240 prescription medications at the cost of $7.40 each.  The retail value of these medications was $24,460.00.

Two separate entities contributing what they can afford to give to create social good that reaps valuable rewards.  This is just one bit of proof that it can be done.  I share it, because I hope it will inspire other not-for-profit agencies and other for-profit businesses to work together, each contributing  what is in their power to give for the sake of making a better community.   In the words of Gary Lew: “This is your world.  Shape it or someone else will."