Volunteers in Medicine hopes to raise $800,000

Volunteers in Medicine hopes to raise $800,000

This is a press release courtesy of Volunteers in Medicine

The Volunteers In Medicine Clinic is launching their 2009 Annual Fund Raising Campaign by highlighting the plight of the medically uninsured in Lane County.  The Campaign’s goal is to raise $800,000 of the $1.8 million needed annually to run the free medical clinic in west Eugene.                  

The Volunters In Medicine Annual Campaign kickoff event is being held at the clinic 3321 W. 11th Avenue, in Eugene, Ore. (SE Corner of Fred Meyer parking lot)
to energize and train staff and volunteers, prepare materials, and to learn more about the plight of the uninsured.

Approximately 62,000 people in Lane County have no health insurance. More than 80 percent come from working families and many either do not get or delay medical care because of a lack of insurance. This can – and does – lead to disaster.  People without medical insurance tend to live sicker and die younger.

While efforts are being made at the state and national level to address this crisis, Volunteers In Medicine is taking action now, here locally, by providing access to medical care for people in Lane without insurance, whose income falls between 100 and 200 per cent of the poverty level.

Volunteers In Medicine Clinic will be asking the public for donations to the Clinic during the next 8 weeks.  Gifts to Volunteers In Medicine change lives and enable us to better serve the health care needs of our community.

The Volunteers In Medicine Clinic was established in 1999 to provide primary medical care to low-income, working uninsured of Lane County at no cost to patients. The Clinic has more than 300 medical and lay volunteers who donate their time and skills, and serve many of the 62,000 medically uninsured of Lane County. The Clinic provides approximately 10,000 patient visits each year and helps keep Lane County healthy.