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Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Community Health Systems, Health, Health Support

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

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Extremely well-run: strategically and professionally. Always putting the needs of the patients first by providing a multitude of healthcare services and deeply caring about the individuals served.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with CVIM as a provider and board member for the last several years. This is an incredibly dedicated group that is committed to providing medical and dental care to underserved individuals in Centre County, PA. Discussions at board meetings typically center around how we can be of better service to the community and how we can continue to be good stewards of our resources. Quality improvement and creative innovation are non-negotiable expectations, creating an environment that is both service oriented and exciting for all concerned.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud of the work that Centre Volunteers in Medicine does in our community. Everyone from the staff to the volunteers are so committed to provide accessible, safe care for members of our community who depend on our services. Every decision is made with the patient in mind and how to keep our services available and appropriate in the changing face of healthcare.

Craig B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer chiropractic physician at Centre Volunteers in Medicine, I am privileged to witness the care and compassion of the staff and volunteers on a regular basis. The great people that make up this organization aren't just showing up to do a job, they are fully invested in providing quality healthcare to the medically undeserved. Volunteering at CVIM is truly a highlight of my work week, and I am thankful to be a part of this wonderful organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is incredible. I have been without insurance and thus without healthcare for years due to a myriad of different reasons. I had hit my wall with trying to find coverage and was close to giving up. I'm was frustrated and lost. Then I found CVIM. This organization is a lifesaver. They provide health and dental care. The staff is so incredibly kind and friendly. They are timely. They truly care about there patients. In a country where are hospitals and health care facilities are so full of corruption and try to rip you off at ever turn, CVIM is a godsend in that as they are a non-profit so their doctors and staff truly have their patient's best interests at heart. They are genuine and sincere. I have never feel more comfortable and safe with my healthcare providers as I do at CVIM in my entire life. Places like this are some of the few remaining good things in this country. This place in amazing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a health care provider in this community for 20 years and would provide free services to my patients who lost their insurance. When I lost my practice and my ability to earn an income I was familiar with CVIM and went to them for help.
The health care I received there is as good or better than what I used to receive paying with insurance and out of pocket. They have treated me with respect and kindness and addressed a lot of my immediate health concerns. If I succeed at regaining a salary, I hope to donate back to them for the great work they are doing.

charlieo553

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy my volunteer work as a receptionist at CVIM. The clinic serves uninsured and underinsured residents of Centre County. Unpaid and paid professionals provide excellent health and dental care. Case managers also connect people to social services and other aid. Everyone offers great care and respect to the patients and does his/her best to be welcoming, accurate, efficient, and to make each person's experience a successful and pleasant one.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CVIM has been serving the residents of Centre County for over 10 years. While it has been a tremendous help for those in need it also serves another purpose- a wonderful place to volunteer. I have been volunteering since shortly after CVIM began and seen it grow to now include dental as well as medical services. Although I do not see clients directly it is very rewarding knowing that I help patients obtain the free medicine they need from the various pharmaceutical patient assistance programs. CVIM is a wonderful, friendly place to volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Centre Volunteers in Medicine is a very caring and professional organization providing medical and dental care for those in need. I am happy and proud to serve as a volunteer for this wonderful group of dedicated personnel.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The paid and volunteer nurses are the hardest working heroes at Centre Volunteers in Medicine. Every day, they are kind, patient and helpful to the patients, staff and volunteers. I am honored to work with them every week.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began interning for Centre Volunteers in Medicine in May and the experience has truly changed my life. You will not find better people than those who work and volunteer at CVIM. They are truly passionate about helping others, but still somehow find the time to consistently brighten my day. There is no other organization I have enjoyed being a part of as much as Centre Volunteers in Medicine.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Fran B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Outstanding organization dedicated to the health and well being of our community. They really care!

Ken L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization providing a much needed service with excellence.
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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Yuhui Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Nancy68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with CVIM as a way of giving back to my community and fulfilling an elective requirement for my Masters program at PSU. This is a great organization run by intelligent, capable professionals who are using their skills to help the medically under-served of Centre County. The organization is well-managed, but depends on volunteers in order to fulfill its mission. I would highly recommend those looking for a volunteer experience to choose CVIM! You will not be disappointed.