Virginia B. Andes Clinic Receives United Way Community Impact Grant
MAY 18, 2015 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Virginia B. Andes Clinic Receives
United Way Community Impact Grant
Charlotte’s No-cost Clinic and Pharmacy Provides a Vital Community Service
Port Charlotte, May 18, 2015 -- Last month, Suzanne Roberts, CEO of the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, got some great news from the Charlotte County United Way when she was notified that the VBA Clinic had secured a 2015-2016 Community Impact grant.
A consistent Community Impact grantee, Roberts was extremely grateful to know that the VBA Clinic is viewed as a vital part of the Charlotte County community. “We are humbled by this award, and appreciate the United Way’s continued trust in our mission. These funds will help us continue to provide medical, pharmacy, and wellness services at no-cost to the under-served citizens of Charlotte County.”
According to the United Way, the Community Impact funding process was designed to ensure both fiscal and program accountability for the agencies receiving United Way of Charlotte County funds. The cornerstone of the process is the Community Impact Panels – committees of Charlotte County citizen-leaders who screen the applications of agencies seeking United Way funding. The primary goal of each Panel is to ensure that the agencies will meet the needs identified in the Charlotte County Community Needs Assessment.
According to the United Way’s website, Community Impact panel members read agency grant proposals, visit assigned agencies, and participate in a funding meeting where the agency representatives present their programs to the team. Panel members examine each agency’s effectiveness at providing services, review the need for those services, and analyze the impact of United Way funding in meeting those needs. Once the process is completed, the Community Impact panel uses an objective rubric to score each agency. The panel then sends their scores and their recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors, who ultimately approve an agency’s grant funding.
At the Grant Presentation ceremony, Carrie Blackwell Hussey, CEO of the United Way of Charlotte County said: “Virginia B. Andes Community Care Clinic provides a critical service in Charlotte County which addresses key issues identified in the Charlotte County Community Needs Assessment. We are grateful to partner with this incredible agency.”
United Way of Charlotte County representatives present Virginia B. Andes CEO, Suzanne Roberts, with 2015-2016 Community Impact grant.
Pictured left to right: Angie Matthiessen, United Way of Charlotte County Resource Development Manager; Suzanne Roberts, VBA Clinic CEO; Carrie Blackwell-Hussey, Executive Director of United Way of Charlotte County
Photo Provided by VBA Clinic