Mission: To provide compassionate medical and dental care and health education to people who live or work in the Chester County, Pennsylvania region who lack access to insurance, in order to support their goals to lead productive, healthy, and hopeful lives.
About the organization: The seeds of Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) were planted in 1996 when, to ease the burden of hospital emergency room visits for non-emergency problems from uninsured individuals, the Paoli Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Paoli Hospital Women's Auxiliary set aside venture capital for the development of CVIM. The first community-based volunteer clinic of its kind in Southeastern Pennsylvania was founded in Frazer in 1998; in 2001 the organization consolidated its services in a renovated warehouse in West Chester, where it provides medical and dental services and a drug dispensary.
Current programs: CVIM's services are designed to support the whole person — addressing the physical, psychological, and social needs of the individual and the family. Programs include medical services, from primary care to specialty medicine and therapy; dental services; social services, such as referral services, case management, and mental health counseling in both English and Spanish; education services focused on health and wellness, such as pediatric dental screenings, diabetes education and management, and nutrition counseling; and a drug dispensary. To be eligible, patients must live or work in Chester County; meet gross income eligibility of no more than 300 percent of the federal poverty level; not be eligible for Medical Assistance, Medicare, Veteran's Benefits, or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); and not have private insurance.
COVID-19 response: In response to the public health crisis, CVIM launched a COVID-19 Response Fund to help provide medically vulnerable uninsured people receive medications for free and additional support. The organization provides COVID-related information and resources.
Website: Visitors to the CVIM website can learn more about the organization's services; watch videos of patients, donors, volunteers, and community partners; check for eligibility and download patient resources; or check out the FAQs. They also can find out about volunteering at CVIM or supporting the organization by becoming a partner in care or making a donation.
Funding: Community Volunteers in Medicine is supported by individuals, foundations, other nonprofits, and corporations.