Non-Cash & In-Kind Gifts
The donation of behind-the-scenes goods and services is another meaningful way to contribute to VIM. The more we are able to receive non-cash or “in-kind” gifts, the less cash we have to raise and/or spend each year. As a thrifty non-profit, this is vital to our success.
VIM is fortunate to have a steady group of in-kind supporters in our community – many of whom have been donating their goods and services since the clinic opened in 2004.
There are a number of ways that you, too, can help. Some are listed on our Wish List, others are more clearly defined below.
Food & Beverages
Since volunteers are the life-blood of our organization, we try to lavish them with love. Along with that, a little food and coffee can go a long way! We have a kitchen/break room that is stocked each week with a variety of healthy snacks. And since our volunteers are a generous bunch, often someone will bring in an extra-special treat that is most welcome. Every Tuesday we serve our 25+ volunteers on the evening shift a simple dinner since they see patients from 4 – 8 p.m. Those meals, too, are donated by local restaurants and volunteer “chefs.” If you’ve got a passion for food, we have volunteers that appreciate it! Please contact Kristi Jacobs via email, or call (541) 585-9008.
Medical & Office Supplies & Equipment
Items in this category range from medical and dental equipment to copy paper and computer software. Think of all the things needed to run a medical clinic, from the front office through patient care, and you’ll get the picture of all that we need and use each day. If you have something you think would be beneficial, please contact Jennifer Fuller, RN, via email, or call (541) 585-9003. Note that VIM will accept donations only when we know we can use the particular item. If we can’t use it, we will do our best to help you find someone that can.
Building & Landscape Maintenance
Like any other “home,” the clinic needs on-going maintenance, both inside and out. If you are handy around the house, or have a green thumb that is itching to beautify some grounds, we would certainly appreciate your assistance. Please contact Cynthia Matejsek via email, or call (541) 585-9012.
Gift Certificates for Food & Gas
Sometimes our patients have trouble getting to their appointments because they can’t afford gas for their car. Others struggle to put food on the table, or pay utility bills. We like to have a small supply of $10 “emergency” gift cards on hand to help people get over the hump while we refer them to other community services for help. If you’d like to be one of our gift card angels, please contact Stacey Durden via email, or call (541) 585-9007.
Community Medical Partners
Along with the 25-30 volunteers in the clinic each day, we also partner with over 400 providers who see patients upon referral. Included in this group are St. Charles Health System, Bend Memorial Clinic, and Central Oregon Radiology, as well as specialty care providers (gastroenterologists, orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, dentists, ophthalmologists, cardiologists, dermatologists, etc.), and services such as radiology, surgery, pathology, anesthesiology, and physical therapy.
These community partners extend VIM’s reach in immeasurable ways and are essential to keeping our patients healthy and productive. For more information on Community Medical Partners, click here. If you’d like to donate your medical services, please contact VIM’s Medical Director, John Letovsky, MD, at (541) 585-9017.