Why Donate to Us...
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic relies on the financial support of individuals, the local business community, and corporate sponsors to help underwrite our operations and sustain our mission to meet the pharmacy, medical, and wellness needs of the under-served in Charlotte County.
Your financial support improves the health of both individuals and our Charlotte County community
At the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic each individual patient is our first priority. Providing access to health care for those most in need creates benefits for the entire Charlotte County community, including:
- Our Healthcare System
Services provided by the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic helps the uninsured, underinsured and working poor avoid emergency room visits and hospital stays, lessening the burden of charity care for local hospitals and lowering the cost of healthcare for everyone.
- Our Workforce and Schools
Access to medical care keeps the uninsured, underinsured and working poor employees healthier and reduces absenteeism year round.
- Our Economy
Healthier people are more likely to find and keep a job, support themselves and their families, and recycle more earnings into the local economy.
Your Gift Makes a Difference!
Barbara's Story: As a single, working mother, Barbara Thomas was used to making sacrifices. The owner of a childcare service, Barbara made a career out of putting others before herself. One of these sacrifices included health insurance, a fact that culminated into a harsh reality for this Port Charlotte resident.
Although she experienced severe headaches and fatigue for some time, Barbara went without medical care because of the costs associated with doctor visits and testing. It wasn't until a friend told her about the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic that she sought the help she desperately needed.
After receiving a free examination and blood work at the clinic, Barbara was diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure. "The test results knocked my socks off. It worried me. If I can't pay for a doctor, how will I afford ongoing tests and medication?"
Thankfully, the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic was able to help Barbara. Clinic physicians provided her with medication, test strips and other items she needed to test for and treat diabetes at no cost. She was referred to a diabetic specialist who taught Barbara how to manage her condition free of charge.
"My headaches are gone and I'm a different person," says Barbara. I am back to work, have more energy, and just feel so much better. The people at the Virginia B. Andes Community Clinic saved my life. I don't know what I would have done without them."