Volunteers in Medicine-Jacksonville

Free Healthcare for Low Income Working Uninsured

Become a Volunteer


Hey Guys! We hope you are considering volunteering this year somewhere. If you are a medical professional we could use your help as well. On our Become A Volunteer page we have a listing of our needs. We could really use the help and you will get a sense of fulfillment when you help those who work hard but are unable to afford medical insurance and/or medical assistance when they need it.

Current Medical Volunteer Needs:

  • Physicians
  • ARNP’s
  • RN’s
  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
  • Optometrists

Give it a try. You never know what you can gain from the experience.

Volunteer Appreciation Lunch


For those of you who may have missed the email:

Good Afternoon All,
It is with great pleasure that we invite you for lunch in your honor during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 22 – 27. Please see the attached invitation.

Your contribution to our volunteer effort is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to honoring you during this week! Please RSVP if you WILL be attending to me or Pam Human at: phuman@vim-jax.org.

Thank you,
Catie

Weather and Other Emergencies


With the new hurricane season just started we have had 4 named storms already and 2 of those have affected Jacksonville directly. If you read the news, watch it on television or even listen to the radio there is a constant stream of information out there to get you prepared for this upcoming season. For our subscribers living here in the Jacksonville, Florida area we recommend bookmarking or adding them to your favorites, depending on which browser you happen to be using. One of them would have to be the City of Jacksonville’s Fire and Rescue Emergency Preparedness page:
http://www.coj.net/departments/fire-and-rescue/emergency-preparedness.aspx . They have an informative page for Jacksonville residents that has whatever is happening in our area and today prominent on that page is Tropical Storm Debbie. They include links to FREE Emergency Preparedness information kits, sign-up for Code Red Alerts and much more. Click on the link and check it out.

Another website that you should bookmark is the National Weather Service. It may have redundant information on it for our area but if you have relatives and friends in other parts of the country or are planning on traveling then this website should be your first stop to keep track of major weather events. http://weather.gov/ This is the U.S. government’s official weather service website that has a wealth of information about weather, storms, historical data and so much more. If you have never visited it before then it should be your next stop.

Finally, for those of us with cellphones, you can get Emergency Messages from you cellphone carrier. The International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry or CTIA has the major wireless carriers listed and a link directly to the Emergency Alerts Sign-up pages with information about what alerts you can sign up for. You can even opt-out of certain alerts to tailor them to your specific needs. And I’m sure there are lots of apps available for Android and I-phone users. Just don’t pay for them if the government is willing to give them to you for FREE.

Just as a side note: We have added a “file upload” feature to our Contact Page in order for you to send us any documents such as volunteer applications or questionnaires, etc. They will go to our main email and distributed to the correct party. This is a convenience feature only. You can still use the Contact Form for regular inquiries without having to upload any files. The upload feature is limited to just documents no picture files.

Events for 2012


There are several events upcoming this year that we hope you will put on your calendar including the Spring Volunteer Appreciation Event and the Fall Human Race Event to raise money for our organization. We have a flyer and a newsletter posted that you can download on the Upcoming Events Page.

All Volunteers are invited to the Spring Volunteer Appreciation:

May 18, 2012
Volunteer Appreciation Night Begins at 6 p.m. at UNF and includes an art show. Be on the lookout for invitations in the upcoming weeks!

Saturday, October 13, 2012
The Human Race – Save the date! Join Team VIM for HandsOn Jacksonville’s annual The Human Race 5K. Half of your registration fee and 100 percent of donations benefit the clinic directly!ServeIt Forward

News About One of Our Volunteers!


Reveived in an Email: Dorion – Wins Indoor Rowing event in her category

Jeff,

I wanted you to know that on Dottie’s birthday she won her category (Lightweight Veteran Women) an International event, the 2012 C.R.A.S.H. Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championship. It was held Sunday, February 19th at the Agganis Arena at Boston University; there were 2,200 competitors from all around the world.

The organization was started in the mid-1970′s by U. S. Olympic and World Team athletes who trained on the Charles River in Boston/Cambridge. The event has grown and changed venues several times. Dottie said she was particularly impressed and inspired by the number of athletes who competed in a category of “Accommodated Rowing” on specially adapted Ergometers – athletes who had suffered wounds and amputations in combat among other challenges.

The Concept-2 Rowing Ergometer is used by athletes at universities, schools, clubs, and national teams around the world. The distance rowed is 2,000 meters and Dottie won her group with a time of 9 minutes 47.4 seconds. The website for the event is: http://www.crash-b.org/web/2012-regatta/

Thanks, Jeff. I know there is (or was) a VIM newsletters or emails that go out that like to reflect notes about Volunteers & Staff and thought you might like to have this information.

Marty Cleghorn

Volunteer Fun and Sun Events


February is mixed bag of seasonal weather. Sometimes we have really cold and wet weather and others we have some beautiful sunny weather. The Donna Deegan Marathon for the fight against Breast Cancer is an annual event each February that draws thousands and thousands of people participating in the run, volunteers and spectators. It is a well-run event but like all well attended events it requires lots of volunteers and patience from all the participants. Don’t forget to take your time, plan to be at all the events early and of course, parking will always be an issue.

Become a Breast Cancer Marathon Race Crew Volunteer has all the information for becoming a volunteer and having a good time while helping a good cause. You will even get some great stuff for participating. It is a huge event with lots of people coming from all over the U.S. and some are even from other countries. The events start on Wednesday, February 8th to Sunday, February 12th. There are lots of events going on that needs volunteers not just for the race day on Saturday.

Check it Out!

Flu Shots


If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, what are you waiting for? Now, more than ever the flu shot is one of the best way to help you prevent or lessen the symptoms of the flu in the coming months. Even employers, especially healthcare employers, are beginning to require flu shots as part of the continuing employee health program. Some are offering FREE Flu shots and if yours does please take advantage of it. The American Lung Association has a database for people to locate the nearest place to get your flu shot based on your zip code:
http://www.lungusa.org/lung-disease/influenza/flu-vaccine-finder/

Some general prices for the flu shot by place:

Solantic Urgent Care is charging $30
Walgreens Takecare Clinics $31.99
CVS Minute Clinic - $29.99
Walmart offers Flu shots at their various locations through their partnership with Mollen Immunization Clinics but only for limited hours. For $25
Publix Pharmacy – $30
Winn Dixie – Look for their Placards in front of your local stores.

Federal Help Getting Insurance


For those of you who do not qualify for healthcare help here at VIM-Jax because you make too much money you might want to try the federal government program that each state must administer called the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Program. Yes, there are some requirements before you can apply but if you meet them it will allow you a chance to get insurance. Check out the website: https://www.pcip.gov/ Read through the website and then go to the state page to be taken to your state’s insurance page.

For Florida State Plans page go to: https://www.pcip.gov/StatePlans.html They have a listing for Florida with costs. Sadly, the “Cover Florida” guaranteed insurance coverage program was disbanded due to overuse. So, get out there and find yourself some insurance coverage.

Fall Human Race 2011


The Fall Human Race is fast approaching. The race is October 8th at the St. Johns Town Center. For more information, an application and more go to the 1st Place Sports website: http://www.handsonjacksonville.org/HOJ_HumanRace#top You can also download our flyer here: The Fall Human Race Flyer 2011 If you cannot participate in the run then please help sponsor someone who would like to run.

Get out there and have fun! But also help support Volunteers in Medicine – Jacksonville….

Vote for Us in Aetna Campaign


Attention all friends, Volunteers and supporters of Volunteers in Medicine-Jacksonville:

VIM-Jax has been recognized and chosen as one of 35 nonprofits nationally to compete in a voting contest by Aetna in a campaign called ”Aetna Voices of Health”.

First place is worth $25,000 – second place is $15,000 – and third place is $10,000 – so this is a wonderful opportunity for you to help us raise funds (without actually donating money yourself).

Please take just a few seconds to click on the link below and vote for us.

http://www.aetnavoicesofhealth.com/agencies/vim-jax.php

You can vote up to 10 times from any single email address – and you can vote all ten times in a row at one sitting.

It’s quick and easy – just enter your name and email address and click on the green Vote for us now! Button.

Please also forward this email to all your friends, family, business contacts and Facebook and Twitter contacts – and urge them to vote for us as well.

Thank you so much as always for all your help in supporting VIM-Jax care for our working uninsured patients,

Our Patient Stats:

Treated in 2008: 4924

Treated in 2009: 5676

Treated in 2010: 5515

Treated in 2011: 5874

Treated in 2012: 5446

Treated in 2013: 4537 so far