The success story that is Centre Volunteers in Medicine continues on.
The Centre County facility provides healthcare to the uninsured and those in need and their current expansion is driven by the ongoing increase in the demand for their services.
CVIM now has close to 200 volunteers, from doctors to office staff and whether it’s time, or money, the word donating is crucial to their operation.
“As a free healthcare clinic, we have no regular source of income for our services. We are truly blessed by the community that supports us.”
In recent months, $3 million in federal and state grants have been provided to CVIM as they are in expansion mode, renovating another facility that will double their operating space.
Additionally, their general fundraising campaign continues.
In recent years, more than 40 thousand COVID vaccinations have been administered by CVIM and the demand for more healthcare is driving the addition of new services for the organization.
“We now have a full-time dentist, funded by the Department of Health, so our waiting list of 400 people is being chipped aways as we speak.”
For CVIM, seeing more patients is an expectation that is guiding future priorities.
“I don’t think there will ever be a time, at least in our lifetime, that there won’t be a need for free care for the working poor that can’t afford insurance.”