Bend, Ore. – April 7, 2015 Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades (VIM) is pleased to announce the recent award of a $5,000 grant from Les Schwab Tire Centers. The gift provides funding that will support ongoing volunteer training. Les Schwab Tire Centers has invested in the success of VIM’s volunteer program since 2011.
“We are very thankful for Les Schwab’s continued support of our volunteer program,” said Kat Mastrangelo, Executive Director of VIM. “With their help, we are able to provide cultural competency training for our volunteers so that they are armed with the skills and information needed to effectively interact with our increasing Latino patient population.”
VIM provides healthcare on a donation basis to uninsured, low-income adults that are not eligible for, or able to access, medical care through Affordable Care Act programs. VIM’s goal is to keep working adults in the tri-county area as healthy as possible so that they can work, take care of their families, and be contributing members of our community.
This model of care is made possible through the big-hearted efforts of hundreds of generous donors, more than 250 clinic volunteers, and over 400 medical providers located throughout Central Oregon.
“A recent report states that there are still more than 17,000 uninsured adults living in the tri-county area,” stated Mastrangelo. “With the help of our dedicated volunteers and supportive donors, VIM will continue to serve the working and uninsured for as long as there is a need.”
About Volunteers in Medicine
Since 2004, Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) has been providing healthcare services to low-income adults in Central Oregon by utilizing the collaborative efforts of over 250 in-clinic volunteers and more than 400 community medical partners. VIM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is solely funded by grants and individual donations. New patients and those in need of assistance enrolling in Medicaid are welcome. For more information or to become a volunteer, call 541-330-9001 or visit www.vim-cascades.org.
About Les Schwab Tire Centers
Les Schwab Tire Centers (www.lesschwab.com) is one of the leading independent tire dealers in the United States, with more than 7,000 employees and more than 450 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. The company has been recognized for its business practices through several awards including: a Milestone award from the Oregon Sustainability Board, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department honors, an Environmental Excellence award from the Association of Washington Business, an Integrity Counts award from the Northern Idaho Better Business Bureau, and The Oregonian 2012, 2013 and 2014 Top Workplace recognition.