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Andes Clinic receives grant for support in the wake of Hurricane Irma

Thursday, June 14, 2018  
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Andes Clinic receives grant for support in the wake of Hurricane Irma

The Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic was among 20 recipients awarded a grant from Direct Relief and the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics. More than $1.8 Million was awarded through this grant program to support such clinics in Florida and Texas that were affected last year by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

These grants were distributed through the Hurricane Community Health Fund, which was set up by Direct Relief in the aftermath of the hurricanes to be used solely for the benefit of hurricane-affected communities and people — particularly those who have low incomes, lack insurance and are among the most vulnerable residents.

“Recovery from major disasters continues long after the headlines disappear,” said Damon Taugher, director of U.S. programs for Direct Relief. “With the start of the 2018 hurricane season, many communities are still healing from 2017’s devastating storms. Direct Relief’s hope with this latest round of funding is that free clinics will not only be able to repair and recover from past emergencies but become more resilient to disasters in the future.”

“The NAFC is proud to partner with Direct Relief to provide much needed funds to free and charitable clinics that were and continue to be impacted by the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma,” said Nicole Lamoureux,

NAFC president and CEO. “In communities throughout the country, free and charitable clinics are among the first health care responders, both in everyday life as well as in the face of disasters. This funding will assist member organizations as they continue to rebuild, recover lost supplies and medication and, most importantly, allow them to continue and expand providing care to their patients and communities, many of whom are still dealing with the aftermath of these storms.”
Grants from the Hurricane Community Health Fund are being distributed to free and charitable clinics to support continued recovery efforts, to recoup expenses and/or reinforce emergency preparedness efforts related to the hurricanes, which will allow for the continuity of crucial life-saving care to those most vulnerable in their communities.

The VBA Clinic received a $50,000 grant to support staff lost wages and the purchase of a generator for the facility that will help keep the VBA operating during future power outages.

The VBA Clinic provides no-cost volunteer medical, pharmacy and wellness services to the underserved in Charlotte

County through its free medical clinic and pharmacy. It provides county residents with primary and semi-urgent medical services, wellness services, prescription medication and patient programs at no cost — regardless of race, religion, color, creed or national origin, and will assist every individual qualified to receive its services who is making a sincere effort to help themselves and their families realize optimum health.

For more information, to volunteer your time or to donate, visit or call 276-9570 to speak to clinic CEO Suzanne Roberts directly. 


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