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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Clinics, Health

Mission: The Mission of Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, Inc. is to provide free primary medical care and, where possible, referrals to free specialty care for working, low-income Bergen County residents who have no health insurance. Our Vision is to improve the health and well-being of those we serve, reduce the use of hospital emergency services, and serve as a model of improving access to healthcare through volunteerism. Our Values promote that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. We treat patients and one another with dignity, respect and compassion, and we strive to meet the highest standards of medical practice.

Results: BVMI helps to stabilize chronic conditions, reduce infectious disease and decrease emergency room visits by providing early intervention and consistent care. The availability of a nurse practitioner allows patients to schedule sick visits or consult by phone rather than going to the emergency room. In 2014, BVMI provided care to 1,000 patients in 5,700 patient visits. 50+ clinical volunteers provided $450,000 in professional services.

Target demographics: low-income, working adults who do not have health insurance

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,000 patients in 5,700 patient visits

Geographic areas served: Bergen County, NJ

Programs: BVMI provides free primary healthcare by utilizing volunteer doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, dietitians and others.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amanda264

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for BVMI has taught me a lot about working in a non profit environment. Being a Clinical Laboratory science major and having this experience outside the classroom has really taught me things that my program doesn't cover as much. Even though I have only been here a brief time, I feel that I've gained a lot and hope to continue to help make an impact for the patients at BVMI.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at BVMI for seven years since it opened its doors. The doctors, nurses, other healthcare professionals, and many lay office staff like myself come to help people who are in desperate need of medical care and don't have health insurance or the means to pay a private doctor. These are people who live and work in our communities and in our homes. The BVMI staff are professional and caring people; the BVMI patients are so grateful for the personalized care they receive. We all benefit -- we as individuals, and we as a society.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not that I was looking for a job, but I have always liked helping people, whether it is finding nutmeg in the spice isle for someone or brightening someone's day.

I saw a "help wanted" ad in the newspaper, looking for doctors and nurses to volunteer their free time at BVMI. Upon seeing this very ad, I called saying that I was good letter folder/envelope stuffer, and with that being said, I have been having a great time at BVMI for over 3 years.

Sometimes, I make phone calls telling supporters what exciting events will be coming up soon, other times I help send out letters thanking people for all of the good that they have done. I have learned a lot volunteering at BVMI. For example, I have learned about keeping letters in zip code order in order to qualify for a nonprofit rate at the post office.

Thank you, BVMI, for getting me out of my home and helping make me feel useful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a retired medical specialist, it has been a honor as well as a great personal pleasure to volunteer at BVMI - providing preventive, maintenance, and often urgent care, to the working poor who do not have health insurance (i.e. available health care). This is a situation that I rarely experienced in over 40 years of medical practice, prior to my retirement.

The environment at BVMI - The Culture of Caring - providing necessary healthcare in a skilled, professional, and dignified manner is of crucial importance to the well-being of our patients, their families, and the community. Being at BVMI gives me a wonderful, warm, moral feeling justifying my personal and professional role as a physician.

This is medical practice the way that I had hoped it would be, at its' moral and ethical best at BVMI.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BVMI provides healthcare to people who do not have health insurance. Every person is treated with kindness and respect.

It's a wonderful organization, supported by amazing staff and volunteers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They're fantASTic!! I love them so much. I saw drASTic changes in my health, for the better. LASTly, I would recommend them to anyone, as these people are truly ASTounding!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer dermatologist at this free clinic for uninsured people of limited means. It is very gratifying to help these people who really would be otherwise deprived of any medical care. This is a great organization for helping those who "fall through the cracks" of our American health care system.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both a volunteer physician and financial supporter of BVMI because this is truly a special organization. The medical care provided at BVMI is top notch, but beyond that, the culture of caring and compassion benefits all involved, patients and practitioners alike.
I am thankful for BVMI and all of the staff and behind-the-scenes work that allows me to show up to work and be the best doctor I can be, more than that actually, I thank BVMI for giving me the opportunity to be a better person.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at BVMI since 2010 when I graduated from nursing school. In all those years, I have felt like I belong to something really, really good. It sounds so simple, and it is: give the best care possible, to those who need it most, by those who do it best.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a nurse practitioner, and I started to volunteer when BVMI initially opened in 2009. The goals of BVMI are to provide much needed health care and wellness promotion to those who need it most in our community. It always amazes me that this organization runs so proficiently, and with empathy for the clients, in the most professional ways possible. I am proud to be associated with BVMI; they help me to be a better person, and to do the right thing for our community.