1st Blog from Project HOPE in Millwood, VA

The Project HOPE headquarters is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, it is separated from the verve of Metropolitan Washington, DC by miles of lush green mountains, the Shenandoah River and a growing number of family owned vineyards. Farms, small antique stores and stacked stonewalls line the road to the town of Millwood.

Victoria, Janet and Pat

It is in this extraordinary setting that I found Project HOPE’s Carter Hall built in 1797 (rumored to have been used as a temporary headquarters for General Stonewall Jackson during the Civil War), now used as a  conference center and the Project HOPE administration building.

On my first day, I was welcomed by Project HOPE’s Gift –In- Kind Specialist, Victoria Wilson. Victoria introduced me to 3 floors of high energy, extremely focused individuals working on ways that Project HOPE can provide lasting solutions for critical health issues in 35 countries.

 As a member of the GlaxoSmithKline family, I am proud of our mantra:

Do More, Feel Better, Live Longer.

In my role at Project HOPE, I will help developing communities reach the same goal.

Most of my work will be with Project HOPE’s Strategic Medical Re-Supply Program (SMRP) reporting to Pat Bacuros, Director, Gifts-In-Kind Development for Humanitarian Programs and Disaster Response.

The SMRP collects and distributes Gift –In- Kind donations of pharmaceuticals, consumer disposables and medical equipment from donor partners such as GlaxoSmithKline. Project HOPE works directly with the Ministries of Health in the implementing countries to ensure the sustainability of the projects supported by the Strategic Medical Re-Supply Program.

I feel very fortunate to have been selected for the 2012 GSK Pulse Program and to have been paired with Project HOPE.


More information to follow as I blog about my work on Project HOPE’s Strategic Medical Resupply Program and the international communities that benefit.


  1. It was so wonderful to read about Project Hope. It makes me smile inside to know that the Pulse program exists and that you were selected. Your blog was inspiring and makes me proud to say I work for GSK.

  2. Janet we miss you, but are extremely proud of the work you are doing on behalf of GSK to help serve the communities around us. Best of luck!

    Deb Rutherford

  3. Dear Janet-
    so glad to hear that things are going well as you continue to make a difference in people’s lives. i wish you all the best and i look forward to reading more about your work with Project Hope. my best! Caroline

  4. What a wonderful project. We have so many people suffering in this world that could benefit from medications that we have in abundance here in the US. I am so glad that there is a group that is working hard to break down the barriers to getting these to people that need them so badly. I know you have a lot of hard work ahead of you and you will add a lot to the team at ProjectHope.

  5. Janet, I am so happy for your experience. Keep the blog coming – we would like to hear of your journey! Wishing you all the best, Cheers, Sharon

  6. Janet – thank you so much for sharing this with us! I am proud of you – what a wonderful opportunity! Please keep in touch and let me know if you need anything! Kim Bialecki

  7. Your volunteer effort and helping people is what you do. What a blessing to see you have the opportunity to serve in that same capacity through your career on behalf of GlaskoSmithKline. The international communities will benefit greatly due to the efforts of Project Hope. Congratulations Janet and well done, GSK.

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