Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic wishes to sincerely thank our individual donors in the community. Without the many individual donors who continue to support us in our mission, the VBA Clinic would be unable to offer healthcare to thousands of uninsured families living and working in Charlotte County.
Clinic honors longtime Charlotte County Community Volunteer Virginia B. Andes for her generous contribution with naming rights of the clinic and pharmacy:
Since her retirement from IBM in 1975, Virginia Andes has targeted her philanthropy to a number of good causes. Today, she has yet again made a tremendous gift - this time to our community. Ms. Andes has contributed $1million to the Charlotte Community Foundation to support the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic that will provide free health care to those in need in Charlotte County.
The clinic previously named St. Vincent de Paul Community Health Care Clinic and managed by St. Vincent de Paul Community Health Care, Inc. (SVDP Community Health Care) received an initial gift of $250,000 for the purchase the clinic's modular building on Gibralter Drive in Port Charlotte.
"In tight economic times, having to pay rent on the modules has become a real strain on the organization," said Dr. David Klein, SVDP Community Health Care Board Chairman and Co-Medical Director. "Ms. Andes' contribution has helped to alleviate that burden and allow us to offer services to more of the working poor."
Klein added, "The board of SVDP Community Health Care is honored to name the clinic - and any future clinics - in honor of Virginia Andes and her most generous contribution."
The additional $750,000 will be maintained in the Virginia B. Andes Foundation, an endowed fund at the Charlotte Community Foundation (CCF), with revenues from the fund distributed to the clinic on a yearly basis, again helping to support the facility's operating expenses. When the need arises for expansion or new clinical facilities in Charlotte County, the monies will have multiplied, ensuring the needed building space for the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Health Clinic.
"Ms. Andes' contribution is such a wonderful gift to our community. She is truly an exceptional woman," said Ronald Monck, Chairman of CCF. "She has lived in our community for only fourteen years, and yet she is committed to making sure that those in need have the care they require to maintain their health, and not have to rely on our hospitals' emergency rooms."
Ms. Andes was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, and graduated from Ohio University and Kent State University. Hired by IBM during World War II in 1944, she retired in 1975 as an Advisory Systems Engineer, paving the way for other women in this industry.
As one of the highly trained professional women at this time during the 40s and 50s, she often traveled throughout the United States for IBM mechanizing accounting systems for a variety of businesses, including her ten years as the Main System Engineer on IBM's Goodyear account. Virginia retired after thirty-one years with IBM to care for her ailing mother. When her mother passed away four years later, she decided to retire to Naples, close to friends with whom she and her family had visited during vacations throughout her lifetime.
It was in Naples that she began her next "career" as a Volunteer in 1980. Virginia began to volunteer for the University of Florida's "Extension Homemakers" (which is now 4-H). She became the Secretary of this organization on the state level in Gainesville and most often could be found teaching classes to other women in the area of money management. As she noted, "at this time many women had never worked outside of their homes and were just venturing into the world of finances."
Involved in numerous organizations, her time spent with the Extension Homemakers, the Naples Women's Club, as well as being the Narrator for the Bonita Springs Chorus are amongst her favorite memories.
From Naples, she moved to Fort Myers in 1991 and spent four years volunteering at Southwest Regional Hospital (what is now Lee Memorial Hospital). Then in 1995, her travels brought her to Charlotte County. Residing at South Port Square she continued to volunteer for Fawcett Memorial Hospital, through Senior Friends which is now called H2U.
As evidenced in her own life, Virginia Andes is passionate about volunteerism and passionate about ensuring that those in need have quality health care. Her most generous contribution to the Charlotte Community Foundation will now provide ongoing support for the SVDP Community Health Care clinic that will live on in perpetuity as the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Health Clinic.
"Virginia Andes is living proof that the reward for a job well done is the opportunity to do more," Gregory C. Bobonich, J.D., CEO of CCF notes.