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Daily Local: 12 local nonprofits get $25,000 in donations

WEST CHESTER—The Woman’s Exchange in West Chester hand-delivered $25,000 in donations last week to 12 local recipients. The Women’s Exchange, or WX, has been in West Chester for 75 years occupying space in the West Chester Masonic Lodge building at 10 South Church Street. Funds were donated to the following organizations: West Chester Public Library, the Association for the Care and Protection of Children, the Chester County Historical Society, Good Fellowship Ambulance Company, Community Volunteers in Medicine, Safe Harbor of Chester County, the West Chester Food Cupboard, Goodwill Fire Company, First West Chester Fire Company, Fame Fire Company, Maternal and Child Health Consortium, and Denney Reyburn Resident Council. Read more…

Charity Navigator: Highly-Rated Charities in Pennsylvania

“Each week, Charity Navigator highlights a few of the awesome charities working in communities in one of the fifty states. This week we’re featuring 5 of Pennsylvania’s most highly-rated organizations. These excellent charities are working on behalf of individuals and families in towns and cities across Pennsylvania. They are filling unique gaps and finding innovative solutions to ongoing problems while remaining committed to upholding the highest standards for financial health and accountability.”  Read More…

Philadelphia Magazine  “32 Ways to be Good Philadelphia”  -November 2017

Community Volunteers in Medicine
Health Care
What They Do: Mend the Safety Net
Founded: 1998

Chester County is the healthiest and wealthiest in the state, but this West Chester nonprofit still saw 35,178 patient visits in 2016: Its clients are at or below 300 percent of the poverty line but don’t qualify for government support. Last spring, CVM won $100,000 from giving circle Impact100 Philly to expand its Mobile Dental Outreach program as well as fund a bilingual patient education guide. (About 55 percent of its clients speak Spanish.) The org relies mostly on volunteers and gifts, with an overhead of just 10 percent, so the equivalent of your flu shot co-pay will go a long way. Get involved: cvim.org”

“If you’re sick or injured and don’t have insurance or money for a doctor, Community Volunteers in Medicine has your back. Since 1998 it’s offered primary medical care, dental services and free prescription medications to the uninsured and families with incomes less than 300 percent of poverty level in Chester County. Last year some 4,000 patients received help, including almost $4.3 million worth of medications and supplies.”
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“For almost 20 years, a medical clinic in Chester County has been spreading brotherly love treating thousands of patients. They do it with hundreds of medical professionals whose only pay is patients’ gratitude.”
Photo credit Ed Hille Philly.com
Community Volunteers in Medicine was featured by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly.com in a story titled “Worries about the end of the Affordable Care Act in Chester County”, highlighting CVIM’s role as a critical safety net provider for health and dental care in our community.
Daily Local – August 2016

“Preventative healthcare is many times forgotten in the uninsured patient who seeks care for the acute health problems only,” said Mary Wirshup, vice president of Medical Affairs at the county’s Community Volunteers in Medicine, in a release. “When they come to Community Volunteers in Medicine, it is a priority to get them back on track, especially with immunizations.”

10th Period BILINGUAL AUTHORS DASD Students Create Bilingual Coloring Books for  Community of Volunteers in Medicine Patients – June 2016

“The children we serve at Community Volunteers in Medicine have so little, it is such a joy to be able to give them something so special! We are very proud to be able to present a bilingual coloring book as a unique gift they can take home,” said Alberta Landis, Vice President of Dental Services at CVIM. “Their smiles warm all of our hearts!”

The Times of Chester County – June 2016

Community Volunteers in Medicine’s (CVIM) strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator with a perfect score of 100. This is the fourth consecutive time that CVIM has earned this top distinction.

Chester County Medicine – May 16, 2016

Community Volunteers in Medicine was featured in the Chester County Medicine’s Spring edition of their magazine. The article focused on how medical professionals can help with our mission.


Chester County Times – February 12, 2016

Community Volunteers in Medicine hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate their mobile dental expansion program at Surrey Services for Seniors. Surrey Services for Seniors is the first of two mobile dental expansion programs that CVIM will implement this year.

   Daily Local News – November 30, 2015

The Rotary Club of West Chester awarded $32,000 in grants to 11 charities from funds raised at the annual Rotary Chili Cook Off in October held in downtown West Chester.

  MainLine Media News – August 7, 2015

Community Volunteers in Medicine, along with Barbara King of Valley Forge Flowers and Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran, hosted a wonderful evening at The Barn at Valley Forge Flowers to celebrate CVIM’s 17 years of providing medical and dental care to families in need.

 Daily Local News – August, 6 2015

Community Volunteers in Medicine received a $1,000 donation from The Newcomers Club of Central Chester County (NCCCC).

 County Lines Magazine – October 31, 2014

“Denise Mahal calls it a ‘hidden treasure.’ She’s the Vice President for Development of the Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM). Dr. Mary Wirship, its Vice President of Medical Affairs, calls it the place to ‘do the most good.’ And Maureen Tomoschuk, its President and CEO, laments the many ‘who cannot afford to be sick.’”

Daily Local News – September 5, 2014

“An initial grant from the Shop2Care Foundation of $5,000 has provided 70 free primary medical care visits to patients who had no other access to healthcare.”  This article highlights the partnership between CVIM and Shop2Care, a not-for-profit online charitable shopping program.

MainLine Media News – August 1, 2014

“Community Volunteers in Medicine(CVIM) hit off their 13th Annual Golf Classic at Applebrook Golf Club on Tuesday, June 10. Approximately, 136 golfers came together to play Applebrook’s award-winning course in Malvern and to help raise financial support and awareness of the healthcare which is provided by CVIM for low-income, uninsured folks of Chester County.”

Daily Local News – March 19, 2014

“It’s nice to know that people really care and that people donate money to CVIM to help people who are without insurance and lost their jobs.  I…give a shout-out to CVIM and thank them and their whole staff.”

Main Line Suburban Life – November 3, 2013

“In the state of Pennsylvania nearly 10% of the adult population is without health insurance.”  This article highlights the creation of Community Volunteers in Medicine in 1998, how the clinic has grown over the last fifteen years, and why CVIM remains a vital resource in the community for the uninsured and underinsured today.

West Chester DOES – September 25, 2013

An excerpt from this article reads, “CVIM (Community Volunteers in Medicine) celebrated 15 years of service along with highlighting their volunteers.  That’s right, volunteers.  There are a plethora of people who choose to donate their time and talents to CVIM from office staff to interpreters to doctors to nurses to pharmacy techs.  The celebration… was a wonderful dedication to those whose job it is to help those who have worked all their lives, who may have had insurance, but not longer can afford to pay to stay healthy”.

Daily Local News – July 11, 2013

The Main Line Chamber of Commerce hosted “A Celebration of Business Leadership” on June 27 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in East Whiteland.  The event saluted this year’s business leaders as they received recognition for the results they have achieved in leading their businesses and communities.  At the luncheon, Community Volunteers in Medicine was named “Nonprofit Business of the Year”.




Community Courier – April 3, 2013

The Community Courier is a local newspaper that is delivered free of charge on a weekly basis to residents of Chester County.  While the version of the paper varies depending on the area in which it is distributed, on April 3rd an article about Community Volunteers in Medicine appeared in the Community Courier County-wide.

IBC Journal of Change – Fall 2012

The Journal of Change was created by Independence Blue Cross as an in-depth exploration of the rapidly shifting healthcare landscape, and as a showcase for new ideas and initiatives that will affect the way we live.In this inaugural issue of the Journal of Change, CVIM is highlighted as part of the evolving concept of community health centers.

PA Turnpike Rt. 29 Slip Ramp Opening – December 12, 2012

On December 12, 2012 CVIM President and CEO Maureen Tomoschuk and VP of Development Denise Mahal joined State Senator Andy Dinniman, Governor Tom Corbett, IMC Construction President Robert Cottone and other state and local officials for the opening of the Route 29 slip ramp.  Click the picture for the full project description.
WCHE Chalk Talk – November 8, 2012

CVIM President and CEO Maureen Tomoschuk and Volunteer Sue Tiernan discuss the organization and its connection to education in this fun and informative presentation of WCHE 1520’s Chalk Talk.  You can learn more about WCHE talk radio at their website: www.wche1520.com