Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards Meeting
RECEIVES GULF COAST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT
Port Charlotte, FL – July 17, 2012 – The Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic (VBA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing free, semi-urgent medical and pharmacy care to the underserved in Charlotte County, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
The grant will be used to fortify the VBA’s modest infrastructure to achieve a dramatic increase in contributed income over a one-year period, and to leverage existing resources to increase capacity and sustainability.
“The Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s recognition of the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic as a vital community asset and its only free clinic is deeply appreciated. We feel confident that the community will rally to support our 2012/2013 Future Fund Donor Campaign,” said the VBA’s Executive Director / CEO, Suzanne Roberts.
The Gulf Coast grant is being awarded at the same time that the clinic, pharmacy and administrative offices will move from their present location in an aging 3,000 foot trailer, to a new home at 21297 Olean Blvd in Port Charlotte. The clinic, opened in 2008, and the pharmacy, which opened in 2000, serve the medical and pharmacy needs of 6,000 Port Charlotte residents a year, primarily through volunteer support. While the majority of the building purchase price was donated by local resident Virginia B. Andes, funds are being raised for renovation in preparation for the clinic’s October 2012 opening. The Clinic Future Fund Campaign offers donors lifelong naming rights for various parts of the building, from $150 exterior bricks to the large interior conference room.
“We are very excited to have a new home that will continue to serve our community long into the future, and deeply grateful to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for its history of exemplary leadership,” commented VBA Chairman of the Board Alex Chang.
The vision and philosophy of the Virginia B. Andes organization is to assure that every uninsured, underinsured, and economically disadvantaged Charlotte County resident receives quality care with dignity -- regardless of age, ethnicity, or income. Volunteerism, compassion, and quality are the guiding values of the clinic. For more information contact Suzanne Roberts at (941) 766-9570, and visit the VBA website at www.volunteercare.org.
The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is a public charity that was created in late 1995. Since it began making grants in 1996, it has funded more than $136 million in the areas of arts and culture, health and human services, education, civic and economic development, and the environment. Gulf Coast is the largest community foundation in Florida.