VBA Free Clinic Awarded $17K by United Way
July 1, 2010 - Suzanne Roberts, Executive Director, announced the generous award of $17,000 to the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic for the medical and pharmacy divisions of the organization.
The VBA Clinic is the only free clinic in Charlotte County's growing ranks of unemployed and working poor. It is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that sees approximately 3,000 patients a year, and dispenses approximately 6,000 prescriptions, The pharmacy was established in 1999, and the clinic in February 2008 by private citizens in the healthcare field in response to Charlotte County's growing need for medical services among its underserved population.
The grant was awarded as part of the United Way Community Impact program which carefully analyzes the existing, developing, and long term needs of the community.
"The Community Impact Volunteer Panel weighs many factors when considering each application: the agency's financial health, measurable and effective results, and program sustainability. The VBA Clinic and pharmacy have demonstrated clearly defined objectives and impressive outcomes for their vitally needed service. United Way is pleased to support the VBA Volunteer Community Clinic", said Cecy Glenn, CEO of the UW of Charlotte County.
The VBA Volunteer Community Clinic provides free episodic medical services, prescriptions, and patient education programs. The clinic's primary objective is to improve the health of Charlotte County residents regardless of age, race, color, creed or national origin through prevention. It is singularly invested in creating a health community through compassionate, quality healthcare, intervention, prevention, education and support services that preserve the dignity of the under-served, and have a direct impact on their quality of life.
The Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic is located at 21450 Gibralter Drive in Port Charlotte. For more information contact Suzanne Roberts at (941) 766-9570 or (941) 276-9570.