CENTRE VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE (CVIM)

Rating: 4.95 stars   39 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 2520 Green Tech Drive Suite D State College PA 16803 USA

Mission: MISSION: Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) will serve and advocate for the medically underserved residents of Centre County, Pennsylvania. BACKGROUND: CVIM is a free-standing, community-based, non-profit organization that has been providing free medical and dental care, medications, and case management services to uninsured residents of Centre County, PA since 2003.
Target demographics: Qualified patients are county residents with no insurance or government-based health coverage, and have household incomes at or below the 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1186
Geographic areas served: Centre County, Pennsylvania
Programs: (1) primary medical care (2) primary dental care (3) case management services (4) medication assistance program

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Rating: 5 stars  

Centre volunteers in Medicine has been a blessing to this community. It has met the needs of many who just did not know where to turn.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you for all the great work you are doing for the uninsured in State College, PA. Together Volunteers in Medicine is making a difference for the uninsured across the country. Keep up the great work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My parents are the patients in this clinic and we love the service there. The receptionists are very kind, the doctors model professionalism and genuine care for the patients, and the nurses are very helpful, too. I often feel that they go extra mile to help the patients. They deserve recognition of their first rate service. CVIM is truly a blessing to our community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I believe that everyone is entitled to quality health care, and that is what CVIM provides for its patients. The volunteers are caring and friendly and make it a pleasure to work there. The staff is available to help with any questions. I worked as an eligibility assistant previously and now volunteer as a receptionist. I feel as though I am making a contribution to our community, and I am always learning. I just wish two things: 1) that we had universal health care in this country, and, barring that, 2) that the agency had all the money, doctors, dentists, nurses, and hygienists that it requires to serve the great community needs.

I really appreciate the opportunity to volunteer for CViM!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a receptionist at CVIM ever since it opened, and find it such a rewarding experience. I look forward to working with a truly dedicated group of people each week, and greeting the clients who frequent our clinic. Not only do we provide medical and dental services, but our case management staff offers people help in all aspects of their life, something you can't find in a private medical setting. Every community member should be aware of the great contribution our clinic makes to those in need of our services.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering for CVIM in 1966 after retiring from Penn State. I have always thought that health care for everyone is a necessity of life. Without good health people often cannot work, which leads to more poverty and illness. My experiences with the clients have made me a more compassionate person, just seeing what they are going through in their daily lives. I am honored to be a member of this amazing group of dedicated professionals and volunteers who have the best interest of their clients at heart.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask more dentists to apply as volunteers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer Eligibility Assistant for CVIM for about the last seven years. The organization does an amazing job of providing medical care, dental care and social services to residents of Centre County, PA, who constitute the "working poor". These residents typically have no medical and/or dental insurance and their income is determined by the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Medical doctors, nurses and dentists offer their services as volunteers. Some case managers volunteer their time, also. The receptionists, Eligibility Assistants, and people staffing the medicine distribution office also volunteer.

I am continually amazed at the professionalism of the office. Everyone is treated with respect and tact. I sometimes get clients who say they will be moving to another state. One young woman was moving to Florida. She assumed that she would just sign up with a free clinic there and receive the same care she was getting with us. I cautioned her that not every place has one, and that we are grateful to have this one to serve our local clients.

The atmosphere in our office is cordial and very pleasant. Everyone there seems to be on the same page when it comes to serving the clientele. I am proud to be associated with such an incredible group of people.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered in a number of places since my semi-retirement but none has been so rewarding as CVIM. Although the work I do (Medical Records) could probably be done by a sixth grader I am so grateful that I have an opportunity to contribute in this small way to the life-changing work that CVIM does for our community. The deep commitment to serving those who cannot afford medical care and the compassion evidenced by everyone on the paid and unpaid staff is an inspiration to everyone who comes into contact with CVIM.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Centre Volunteers in Medicine is a very special place! When I first started to volunteer here--after teaching for over 30 years--I was very nervous. This was something that was completely out of my comfort zone. Well, it was the best thing that I could have done not only for myself but, hopefully for others. The entire organization is composed of caring and intelligent people. It is such a happy place to be. Everyone works so hard to make life a little better for others. I am honored to be a very small part of this organization!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make a wish and we would have all the money to help all those who need help!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot tell you how wonderful CVIM is for our community. This is not just a building or a name but a truly caring group of volunteers and professionals who are compassionate. I recently welcomed a homeless gentleman into the office. He needed immediate care and had not yet qualified as a patient. Our entire staff did everything possible to make sure he was going to get what he needed. CVIM is a special jewel in the State College Community

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

No words can describe the kind ofattention that our patients receive at CVIM! The entire staff works so hard to make sure the clients are well cared for in both body and mind!! It is an honor to volunteer at CVIM. As I leave each week I know that the population in our community have a wonderful place to go for top notch medical and dental care.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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