A Gloucester-based health-care service that aims to help people in need find assistance programs to help them afford their medications and related health-care costs has been honored with a 2014 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

“We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2014Nonprofit,” said Dr. Rich Sagall, who serves as president of NeedyMeds and also serves on the city of Gloucester’s Board of Health.

“We are proud of our accomplishments this year,” added Sagall. Those 2014 changes have included launching a medical crowdfunding site — HEALfundr.org and the Generic Assistance Program (GAP) — which offers generic medications at no cost to people who meet the program eligibility guidelines. The company was launched in 1997.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that NeedyMeds received — reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit.

While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October, NeedyMeds was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year. In addition, the Gloucester agency has been added to GreatNonprofits #GivingTuesday Guide — an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years.

“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “People with direct experience with NeedyMeds have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”

Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization, Sagall added. The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results of this nonprofit.

“This award is a form of recognition by the community,” he said.

The website (http://www.needymeds.org) is visited by approximately 17,000 people each workday, statistics show, and NeedyMeds’ information is always free, easy to access, and updated regularly.

Unlike similar sites, NeedyMeds requires no registration and gathers no identifiable information on site visitors. In 2009, the company launched the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card, a free card saving uninsured up to 80 percent on prescription costs.

Anyone seeking more information may contact: rsagall@needymeds.org.