Outreach for Community Volunteers in Medicine

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CVIMoutreach2013Associate Minister Rev. Morgan McLean recently visited Community Volunteers in Medicine in West Chester, PA to present a donation in the amount of $1,814 as part of the church’s Offering Outreach campaign, which directs half of the congregation’s Sunday collection to a different charitable organization each month.

Rev. McLean met with Maureen Tomoschuk, President of Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), and Denise Mahal, Vice President of Development. CVIM is a volunteer nonprofit organization providing primary medical and dental care to low income, working people in Chester County. Tomoschuk explained that even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, many people will remain uninsured and will continue to rely on the services provided by CVIM.

“We have long been an advocate for our patients ‘graduating’ from using our clinic to having their own healthcare insurance,” Tomoschuk said, “and it is our hope that some will be able to take advantage of the plans offered by the Affordable Care Act. However, these new plans may not be realistic for our patients, and regardless, the new act does not address the health crisis caused by lack of access to dental care, so we do not anticipate any change in the number of patients we serve.”

That number of patients and services was at a record high in 2013, as CVIM accepted 1,232 new patients and processed more than 28,000 visits for a variety of medical, dental, and preventative services. This treatment is made possible by tens of thousands of hours volunteered by hundreds of licensed clinicians and professionals.

Rev. McLean recognized that the success of organizations like CVIM hinges on continued support from the community at large.

“Access to healthcare is one of the fundamental issues throughout our country and right here in our own community,” she said. “The services provided by Community Volunteers in Medicine are needed more than ever, and the congregation of Main Line Unitarian Church is proud to contribute to their mission.”

Main Line Unitarian Church Offering Outreach recipients are nominated by members of the congregation and selected by a committee. Selections are often coordinated with themes of sermons, educational programming, or service opportunities at the church. A list of past recipients is available on the church website at www.mluc.org/social-action/offering-outreach.

Photo: Member Dana Navaline and Rev. Morgan McLean of Main Line Unitarian Church present a donation of $1,814 to Maureen Tomoschuk, President of Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), and Denise Mahal, Vice President of Development. CVIM provides primary medical and dental care to low income, working people in Chester County.