Your Generosity Means the World to Us!

In the heart of Florida’s Charlotte County lies a beacon of hope for those in need of medical care but lacking the means to afford it.  The Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic (VBA) stands as a testament to the power of compassion and community support in providing essential healthcare services to the underserved population. As the bi-annual Giving Challenge approaches, the clinic is gearing up to amplify its impact and reach even more individuals in need.

Founded in 2008, the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic has been a lifeline for thousands of residents who struggle with limited access to healthcare.  Named in honor of Virginia B. Andes, a devoted community activist, the clinic embodies her spirit of service and dedication to improving the lives of others.  Through the commitment of volunteer healthcare professionals and generous donors, the clinic offers a range of primary and specialty medical services, including preventative care, chronic disease management, and wound care, all provided free of charge to eligible patients.

In 2022, the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic seized the opportunity to expand its reach and enhance its services through the Giving Challenge.  This bi-annual event, hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, provides nonprofits a platform to raise funds and garner support for their initiatives.  For the clinic, participation in the Giving Challenge 2022 represented a chance to make a lasting impact on the health and well-being of the community it serves.

With the support of generous donors and community members, the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic reached its fundraising goals during the Giving Challenge of 2022. The funds raised enabled the clinic to embark on projects aimed at enhancing patient care and expanding access to healthcare services.

As we embark on a fresh year, there is much to be hopeful about.  Thanks to you, our organization is here to serve the un-insured and under-served, and we continue to seek ways to save lives, while promoting, encouraging, and supporting healthy lifestyles and self-care with all of our patients.  This year we are introducing our Mobile Medical Clinic.  This 33′ coach bus has been designed and built with 2 treatment rooms, and a small pharmacy.  We will travel the county to reach those that may not otherwise be able to reach us for the services they need.  You can count on VBA to be here for our community.  That is why during the 2024 Giving Challenge, we are asking for you to “Commit to Caring and BE THE ONE” and provide your help.

The Giving Challenge, organized by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, is a 24-hour online fundraising event that empowers nonprofit organizations to raise critical funds and engage with their communities.  It’s a time when organizations like Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic can showcase their mission and rally support from donors passionate about making a difference in the lives of their neighbors.

This online event April 9, 12:00 P.M. – April 10, 12:00 P.M. will raise funds for primary, semi-urgent health care and pharmacy services.  It will also fund health and wellness workshops and educational materials that address weight loss, smoking cessation, diabetes management, breast health and stress reduction.  Over 30,000 uninsured residents of Charlotte County depend on VBA to offer these programs.  Your gift during the 2024 Giving Challenge ensures that we can.

To strengthen giving during the 2024 Giving Challenge, The Patterson Foundation will provide a 1:1 match for all individual donations

to Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, from $25 up to $100 per donor.


We ask you to join VBA during this Giving Challenge

“Commit to Caring and Be The One!”

For questions and comments, please contact Barbara Wastart, Director of Donor Development 941-368-8863 or


2024 Giving Challenge, be the one. Presented by Community Foundation of Sarasota. Happening April 9-10 Noon to noon.