The Volunteers in Medicine Clinic is a wonderful example of a community taking care of its own. With the support of businesses, individuals and the medical community, we are able to meet the health and wellness needs of our residents.
There are many ways you can help us care for Martin County residents who are not eligible for government health programs, are not covered by insurance and have household incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
Critical to our mission of caring for the medically indigent are donations of all kinds: funding, supplies, medical expertise, time and talent. We have plenty of volunteer opportunities for people who want to make a difference.
“I applaud everyone at VIM because a lot of people in the community need help. I set up an appointment for me and my husband,we met the criteria, we got approved and it’s been like a Godsend because I didn’t know what I was going to do.”
So’Nita Hayward, 38, a mother of two is bedridden less and able to work more with the treatments she gets for lupus.
“I always had insurance and I always took care of myself. But then, I lost my job and my insurance. I had nothing. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever asked for help. And I’m here today because of that. I researched VIM and went in, and God was on my side.”
Cindy Hunter, 54, was quickly diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and referred to oncologists at Martin Health System for treatment.
“Thank God for this place and all the hundreds and hundreds of people they help. I owe them everything, literally. There’s really not a lot of assistance for people who have no insurance. I’ve got my life back, I’m healthy and I just can’t thank the volunteers enough.”
Carpenter Chris Gibbens, 60, was facing death when he found VIM Clinic and was diagnosed with celiac disease. He now avoids eating gluten and pays it back” by volunteering.
“I was diagnosed with cancer I didn’t know I had. It was very severe at the time and I didn’t realize I was as sick as I was. Because of the people here and the referrals they’ve given me, it’s probably saved my life.”
Dave Collier, 54, who now receives expensive treatments for his prostate cancer through the patient assistance programs of Abbott and AstroZeneca pharmaceutical companies.
“VIM Clinic is a great thing because it’s for people who can’t afford health insurance and nobody should have to go without medical care. It’s been a crucial part of my parents and me being as healthy as we are.”
Priscilla Mason, 22, who cleans houses with her mother and who’s diabetic father couldn’t afford his medications after losing his job.