Chambers Family Foundation awards $5,000 grant to Cascades Medicine Volunteer Clinic

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Chambers Family Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to volunteers at the Cascades Medicine Clinic. The grant will sponsor four low-income, uninsured patients from Deschutes County for one year so they can receive free medical care.

VIM serves more than 900 economically disadvantaged working adults each year. None of VIM’s patients are eligible for Affordable Care Act coverage, so they rely on the clinic’s services, which are always free.

Patients usually have several underlying conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and hypertension. They face language and cultural barriers to obtaining health care, and VIM puts these needs at the forefront, providing primary and specialty medical care, prescription medications and mental health care.

Patient needs have increased dramatically over the past two years; In response, VIM has expanded its services and staff to provide the care needed to support our patients, which has increased operating expenses.

About the Chambers Family Foundation

The philanthropic works of the Chambers Family Foundation have a tremendous impact throughout Oregon.

Having learned the importance of giving back to the community from her parents, Carolyn Chambers established the Chambers Family Foundation in 1999. She was an astute businesswoman and communications pioneer in the early days of cable television. In 1960, she obtained a license for KEZI-TV, the ABC television affiliate in Eugene, Oregon. She combined her business acumen with her love of Oregon and its people to create the Chambers Family Foundation.

About the medical volunteers Clinique des Cascades

Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades (VIM) is a nonprofit clinic in Bend that provides free medical care to economically disadvantaged and uninsured adults from working families in central Oregon. Our mission is “to improve the health and well-being of the medically uninsured or severely underserved through the commitment of dedicated professionals, community partners and volunteers”. VIM is the only clinic in central Oregon that treats the uninsured for free. Patients receive primary and specialty medical care, medications, mental health care, surgery, physiotherapy, laboratory work, medical testing, and education programs. All care is provided by medical and support volunteers.

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