Health Equipment Loan Program

Temporarily Suspended due to COVID-19
We recycle donated durable medical equipment, restore the equipment, and loan it for reuse by any Durham County resident who needs it. For free.

How it works: We accept gently used durable medical equipment, refurbish it, sanitize it, make minor repairs, and then loan it to Durham County residents in need. All personnel receive training from a medical equipment professional in proper sanitization, assessment, and making minor repairs.

We accept small equipment such as:

  • Tub transfer benches
  • Wheelchairs
  • Reachers
  • Canes
  • Knee scooters

Click links below for PDFs of detailed information:
Items Accepted/Not Accepted
Resources

How to Obtain FREE Durable Medical Equipment:
English
Spanish

We need you!

In addition to donations of gently used durable medical equipment, HELP welcomes volunteers for two hour shifts on Tuesdays or Fridays. Please contact Amy at 919.470.7281 if you want to learn more. HELP also accepts financial contributions to support our efforts.

 

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Loaned 2,026 items to 1,481 individuals

Staffed with 3,904 volunteer hours

HELP volunteer

“In the midst of a busy day, an overwhelmed gentleman arrived looking for a knee scooter, shower chair, and orthopaedic boot to recover from ankle surgery taking place the next week. As we were giving him the first two items (but not the boot, which we don’t stock), a young woman walked in wanting to donate a boot. HELP connects people in beautiful—and sometimes unexpected—ways.”
-Gay Bonds, HELPer volunteer

Staff

Amy Armstrong, HELP Manager

For more information, call 919.470.7281 or email us.

Loans and Donations

Durham residents may borrow equipment or bring their donations on
Tuesdays from 11 am–3 pm and Fridays from 2 pm–6 pm to the front door of The Scrap Exchange.

To borrow, please bring proof of residency in Durham County in one of these forms: driver’s license, other picture ID or voter registration card, utility or medical bill, lease or residency letter from a shelter or alternative residence, car registration, or a pay stub with the name and address of the borrower.

Where to find us

Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) is located inside The Scrap Exchange.

2050 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

Enter through the front door.

For questions about the HELP program, please call 919.470.7281 or email us.