Fifteen years after his assassination, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday recognizing the birthday of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Eleven years later, in 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service to honor and celebrate the community spirit and dedication that Dr. King embodied. A day of service is a wonderful venture that impacts the lives of all involved, beneficiary and volunteer alike. To celebrate this recognition of the many benefits of service, CVIM would like to acknowledge the many feats our 250 clinical and support volunteers accomplished last year for the working uninsured in Chester County.
Thanks to the volunteers who have dedicated themselves to a regular schedule, CVIM is able to see an average of 500 patients every week of the year. In addition to providing the personal care services of a medical and dental home, volunteers helped acquire $1.5 million of donation prescriptions from pharmaceutical companies, eliminating costs many patients could not afford. Dental volunteers ventured outside the clinic for CVIM outreach days, providing $83,000 in outreach services. With the addition of professional volunteers, we were able to see over 1,200 new patients last year. These great accomplishments required over 44,000 hours of service time, which our volunteers happily gave.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and beyond, giving of yourself through community service is a great way to discover hidden interests and feel good doing it. If you are interested in volunteering with CVIM, please contact your desired department by clicking here.