The Millennium Circle Fund of The Luzerne Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to Volunteers in Medicine after members listened intently to five presentations and cast their vote. With the 2020 grant award considered, the Millennium Circle Fund has awarded $414,000 in grant funding since its inception in 2001.
“We are so very thrilled and excited to have the support of the Millennium Circle Members and the community. The funds will be used during this critical time to help keep our low-income neighbors healthy, well, and working. Thanks so much to the Luzerne Foundation and it’s supporters for being Hometown Heroes,” commented Kelly Ranieli, Volunteers in Medicine Executive Director.
“Although the COVID pandemic has altered our lives, it cannot change the commitment our Millennium Circle members. Many thanks to everyone who participated in today’s virtual event. Five incredible presentations captured the most significant needs in Luzerne County. After thoughtful consideration, The Millennium Circle membership voted and awarded Volunteers in Medicine the $25,000 grant. Many thanks to all of the charities for their participation, and congratulations to Volunteers in Medicine on being selected as the 2020 Grant Recipient,” said Charles Barber, President & CEO.
About the Winning Charity…
Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) is for the community by the community. VIM is truly a FREE clinic and not a federally qualified center that charges for services. Patients are working, on unemployment, or actively looking for work and their income is at 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Medical, dental and behavioral health services are provided by an inter-professional team of staff and volunteers. In June of 2020, VIM received the Patient Centered Medical Home recognition by the National Committee of Quality Assurance to validate the quality care being provided for the last 12 years. There are only 6 free clinics out of 1800 in the nation that have received the PCMH certification. Primary and preventative care, chiropractic, counseling, chronic disease management, psychiatric evaluations, medicine therapy, case management, women’s health, dental care, medications, testing and specialty services were expanded to ensure comprehensive care.